Hilton Head school earns national arts award

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – The Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts is one of five schools in the U.S. that has been selected as a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education award winner.

The award recognizes schools that have made the arts an essential part of their students' education. Each school will get a $2,000 award to support its arts education program. Winners were picked from those schools nominated by their State Alliance for Arts Education.

Award criteria at the national level includes a review of the ways in which arts education is an essential component of the school curriculum; how the program creates and uses imaginative learning environments for arts teaching and learning; how the arts program provides opportunities for parental involvement in education; how the program provides opportunities for learning about other cultures through the arts; and how the program links arts education to community cultural resources, according to a news release from the Beaufort Co. School District.

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