Arts at the Center of Learning
Impact of Artist Residencies on students, teachers, and school culture
Increased student self-confidence
AIE programs boost confidence
When we reflect on the impact of this AIE residency, we think specifically of certain students who may not have the opportunity to excel in academics. We saw these students come alive in their performances and then carry that high energy into their classwork.
Principal at Seth Boyden Demonstration School in Maplewood
Students stretch, explore, and persevere
Students learned the discipline of persistence when working on a project, and the importance of personal passion when creating. The presence of professional guest artists through the AIE grants have been invaluable to our educational mission.
Supervisor for the Academy for Visual & Performing Arts, Morris County School of Technology in Denville
Improve student's high-level critical and creative thinking
Students developed the tools of thinking itself—careful observation of the world, mental representation of what is observed or imagined.... We use these same thinking tools in science, philosophy, math, and history. The advantage of the arts is that they link cognitive growth to social and emotional development. Students care more deeply about what they study.
Vice Principal, Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Teaneck
Benefits for teachers and students alike
Our AIE grants play an integral part in developing an environment for professional learning communities (PLC), a state mandate beginning in middle school and continuing through high school (NJAC 6A:8). Schools can use AIE residencies to fulfill their obligation to meet this standard.
Visual Arts teacher, David Brearley Middle/High School, Kenilworth
Increased positive behavioral and social skills
Atlantic County Special Services School District
The students learned to work together for a common goal. They were able to see the importance of working through the steps to have a final product. Students had an increase in positive behavioral and social skills
Vice Principal, Atlantic County Special Services School District