Lafayette Parish Resources

Lafayette Parish Resources

AcA has worked with the Lafayette Parish School System for over 40 years to ensure that students are receiving eye-opening arts experiences in their classrooms. Acadiana Center for the Arts serves teachers and students in all 43 public schools in Lafayette parish through several different programs. 

PACE
PRIMARY ACADEMIC CREATIVE EXPERIENCES

In 1999, in response to the need for 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.

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.

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.

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.

STUDENT ARTS EXPO

Student Arts Expo is an annual public festival bringing thousands of people to downtown Lafayette. This program is a partnership between the AcA and the Lafayette Parish School System to highlight the work of our students in the visual and performing arts. Student Arts Expo is designed to increase public knowledge and appreciation for young artists through community engagement. With 3 stages and 25 locations throughout downtown Lafayette, Student Arts Expo is truly a community event.

TEACHING ARTIST PROGRAM
IN-SCHOOL RESIDENCIES

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.

TOOLS FOR TEACHERS

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

Professional development workshops demonstrate practical and proven techniques for teaching in the arts, teaching about the arts and teaching through the arts. Our goal is to expand understanding of the visual and performing arts and help to reinforce classroom curricula. Most workshops carry CLU credit and the majority take place at AcA.

For Lafayette Parish public school educators, workshops are paid for by LPSS, meaning they are free. For those not working in the Lafayette Parish public school system, registration is just $5. Your registration fee includes all the materials you’ll need for a workshop and a light meal.

15JanuaryWednesday
Arts In Education, Professional Development

The Art of Community Celebrations: Connecting the Classroom

Time: Wednesday, January 15, 20204:30 pm - 7:30 pm / ArtHouse
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Arts In Education, Professional Development

Meeting Trauma with Movement

Time: Wednesday, January 22, 20204:30 pm - 5:30 pm / ArtHouse
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Arts In Education, Professional Development

Culturally Responsive Instruction

Time: Tuesday, February 4, 20204:30 pm - 6:30 pm / AcA
13FebruaryThursday
Arts In Education, Professional Development

Thinking Outside the Box City

Time: Thursday, February 13, 20204:30 pm - 7:30 pm / Hilliard University Art Museum

ARTS GRANTS FOR TEACHERS

Arts Grants for Teachers is a granting program for teachers in Lafayette Parish Public Schools. The program is funded by the Lafayette Parish School System and coordinated by Acadiana Center for the Arts.

The purpose of this grant program is to encourage teachers to design and develop artistically creative and innovative projects involving the visual and performing arts.

TOURING ARTS
IN-SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

Touring Arts is a program to introduce students to professional performances in dance, theatre, music, puppetry, storytelling, and more from local and national performers. Each performance serves a specific age or grade level. The Touring Arts Program provides opportunities for schools to request performances at their location or local theaters.

2019-2020 TOURING ARTS PERFORMANCES

Street Corner Symphony

Daniel and the Lions

October 29, 2019
Grades 9-12

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Acting Up (in Acadiana)

January 7, 14, & 21, 2020
Grades 6–12

 

Invincible!

Roger Day

January 15–17, 2020
Grades preK–4

FLEX AVE.

January 31, 2020
Grades 6–12

Music, Stories and Immeasurably More!

Baba the Storyteller

February 3–5, 2020
Grades 3–12

The Breakdown: A Hip-Hop History Lesson

Kabuki Dancers

February 6, 2020
Grades 3–8

Sport Suites

Basin Dance Collective

February 10-12, 2020
Grades 3–8

Cajun Mardi Gras

Daniel and the Lions

February 13, 2020
Grades preK–4

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