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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 (Primary Academic Creative Experiences) assists schools in teaching the arts and teaching other academic subject areas through the arts.
AcA’s team of teaching artists provide lessons in 255 PreK-3 classrooms each week. These artists conduct “arts-integrated”classes that advance Common Core curriculum standards in Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, and English Language Arts through engaging activities rooted art, dance, theater, and more. PACE is based in the idea that children learn in a wide variety of ways, such as listening, speaking, acting, moving and creating. PACE classes are demonstrated to engage students in core subject areas through these different ways of learning and improve overall academic performance.
PACE was started in 1999 in partnership with the Lafayette Parish School System as a response to the steady decline in equal access to high-quality arts experiences in Elementary schools throughout the district. The program was designed to help schools establish a learning environment rich in creativity and self-expression.
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.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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