For Parents

A guide for parents to AcA's programs in Arts-in-Education.

Why art-integration?

The arts are a powerful teaching tool. Through AcA's programs young learners in schools and at home receive high-quality arts experiences that drive performance in core subject areas.

For more information on how arts integration is essential to core learning and to building 21st century skills, see articles like this one from our partners at The Kennedy Center. 

Have Questions? Contact AcA Education Director Bree Sargent at <>

Online Programs

Began in response to the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent school closures, AcA took one of its most distinguished in-school programs and adapted it for remote learning. We call it PACE Online.

PACE Online features daily art-integrated lessons for Kindergarten, First-, and Second-grades. AcA’s experienced teaching artists lead these fun and informative classes for children at home. The arts integrated method is to teach core subject areas in science, social studies, mathematics, and language arts through creative and expressive lessons that integrate movement, art-making, and performance.

In-School Programs

AcA brings arts integrations classes and performances into 77 schools in three parishes.  These programs are free to participating students through AcA’s partnerships with school districts and schools.

Why just these three parishes?

AcA’s vision for arts-in-education is to bring these incredible programs to students across Acadiana’s eight parish region: Acadian, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion.

If you would like to help AcA achieve that vision and expand into any of these parishes, please contact Bree Sargent, AcA education director at <>

Public Events for Students

Every year, AcA produces a major public art festival for students in Lafayette Parish called Student Arts Expo. This free festival in Downtown Lafayette exhibits student work in dozens of venues and features student performers on three stages. 

Participation is free for students, but all participants are organized through schools. Curious if your child’s school can participate? Reach out to Paige Krause, AcA outreach director <>

National Partners in Education

Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette Parish School System, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are members of the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program.

Selected because of demonstrated commitment to the involvement of education in and through the arts, AcA participates in collaborative efforts to make the arts integral to education in our region. In 2004, the Kennedy Center Partnership Team was awarded the Governor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Contributions to Arts in Education