02-28-2017 School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #13


Title
Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month, Theatre for Life Month Resolution

Discussion

March has been proclaimed Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month and Theatre for Life Month as supported by the Florida Legislature and the United States Congress. Across the nation, the month of March is recognized as an opportunity to celebrate arts education and the important role it plays in the lives of students, both academically and socially.  The FDOE highly values arts education and those who serve to educate, advocate and promote the arts in our schools.  Arts educators inspire students to think creatively and encourage student growth through artistic mastery and self-expression.  As more is learned about the integration of emotional intelligence and cognitive learning patterns, it is ever apparent the study of the arts, including music, visual arts and theatre, has a direct relationship to the measured success of students via reasoning, observing, communicating, creative thinking, decision-making and problem solving.  The FDOE would like to encourage arts teachers, and teachers of all content areas, to explore new ways to incorporate the arts into the daily lives of our students.  Thank you to all the educators across Florida who engage their students in the arts and foster within them an appreciation of and enthusiasm for the arts.  Our K-12 arts programs provide multiple opportunities annually for students to showcase their talents throughout the school year.  Second semester performances and exhibits include:

Secondary All-County Music Festival (chorus, orchestra and band - 650+ students) ~ January 28, 2017

Secondary All-County Jazz Festival (45+ students) ~ April 1, 2017

BSO 5th grade concerts - every 5th grade student in Brevard County (including charter and private schools) ~ February 7 & 9, 2017

The Elementary Music Festival featuring 5th & 6th grade Strings, is February 25, 2017 at the King Center.  South/Central schools perform at 12:30 and North/Central schools perform at 7:00.

All schools have spring concerts.

South Area K-12 Art Show - Melbourne Square Mall ~ January 29-February 10, 2017

Central Area K-12 Art Show - Merritt Square Mall ~ February 19-March 4, 2017

North Area K-12 Art Show - SearsTown Mall ~ February 19-March 4, 2017

Northern Division Elementary Art & Science Fair - Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School ~ March 9, 2017

Southern Division Elementary Art & Science Fair -  Melbourne Auditorium ~ March 15, 2017

District Wide K-12 School Board Art Show - ESF ~ April 21-26, 2017

The Brevard Theatre Programs have 5 scheduled school musical or play performances, one act and improvisation events in the month of March.  High School Troupes are participating in the annual Florida State Thespian Festival March 15-18, 2017.  There are a total of 29 performances at 18 schools this semester.



Recommendation
Adopt the month of March as Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month and Theatre for Life Month as supported by the Florida Legislature and the United States Congress.

Meeting Date(s)
Resolution / Presentation - 2/28/2017

Authority for Action
General Powers and Duties of the Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

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Contact

Bridget Geiger, K-12 Art and Theatre Resource Teacher, ext. 361

Cindy Johnson, K-12 Music Resource Teacher, ext. 338

Barbara Rodrigues, Secondary Leading & Learning Director, ext. 583

Dr. Stephanie Soliven, Assistant Superintendent, ext. 300




Attachment:  2017 Youth ART-MUSIC MONTH RESOLUTION.pdf