Primary Academic Creative Experiences

In 1999, in response to the need for sequential arts programming in elementary schools, the Lafayette Parish School System decided to start an arts program that could work in collaboration with the Acadiana Arts Council (now AcA). PACE (Primary Academic Creative Experiences) was created to assist schools in teaching the arts and teaching other academic subject areas through the arts. The program was designed to help schools establish a school environment rich in the arts.

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PACE was based on the concept that children learn in a great number of ways, such as listening, speaking, acting, moving and creating. Research has shown that the arts can be used as an enriching educational tool to further stimulate learning, and that active learning experiences are not only effective but have long term positive results.

With that in mind, artists’ residencies were developed within several Title I elementary schools for Kindergarten through 3rd grade students. The residencies are intended to bring together practicing artists and teachers to learn from each other while they both teach and learn from their students. The classroom teachers play an active role in developing the lessons with the teaching artists. Each teacher provides the grade level information necessary for the teaching artist to design arts activities that focus on common thematic units and support existing classroom instruction. Individual art classes take place weekly throughout the school year.


With 19 participating schools, 12 PACE artists teach over 150 arts integrated lessons each week.


PACE has been in 2,611 classrooms, impacting more than 55,000 students in over 83,000 classroom sessions.

Teaching Artist Program

The Teaching Artist Program provides the opportunity for your students to experience a broad range of art forms and innovative arts activities in your classroom and school! Music, movement, creative writing, visual arts, and folk life are only a few of the available topics for you to consider. Each of the Session Options is designed and presented by a local professional Teaching Artist. The quality of our education programs is directly related to the high caliber and expertise of our Teaching Artists.

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