The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) has recognized the District as a leader in visual arts by awarding Frisco ISD with the District of Distinction Award.
The District of Distinction Award is a new award through TAEA that recognizes districts that have provided outstanding leadership in promoting the arts in the community while also integrating visual arts across the curriculum. Across the District, collaboration between visual arts teachers and teachers of other subjects helps fine arts reach a large and diverse group of students. This continually inspires creativity and takes learning to new levels.
“Great visual arts programs do not just ‘happen.’ They are the result of intentionality and excellence in day-to-day classroom instruction,” said Preston Hazzard, managing director of fine arts for Frisco ISD. “Our visual arts teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels exhibit best practices in communication, coordination and collaboration every day by providing a robust and relevant arts education to the students in their classroom.
“Students learn to be emotionally expressive through community, thanks to the efforts of these outstanding teachers. It is wonderful that the TAEA organization has chosen them for this prestigious recognition.”
While more than 1,000 districts were eligible to apply, and only 20 districts across the state were granted the prestigious distinction.
Frisco ISD stood out as a district that actively participates in areas such as the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE), Junior VASE and the Texas Elementary Art Meet (TEAM). TAEA also looked at other traits of the District visual arts programming including field experiences, community service and community exhibitions.
“Frisco ISD has set the standard for visual arts advocacy, integrated visual arts curriculum and creativity,” said Dr. Michaelann Kelley, chair of the Administration and Supervision Division of TAEA. “This is a high honor. The award is a testament to the skill, perseverance and vision for a well-rounded education for this winning school district.”
The District will be honored at an award ceremony at the TAEA Conference in Galveston in mid-November.
Congratulations to the visual arts teachers across the District who provide numerous opportunities for students of all abilities and ages to exemplify success in fine arts.