NEXT GENERATION ARTIST RESIDENCIES PROGRAM
Since 1987, Brevard Cultural Alliance has served as a committed partner to local schools and community organizations. BCA’s education programming not only enhances participants’ artistic skills, learning engagement, and academic achievement but also teaches transferable 21st century skills, focusing on capacities for creativity and innovation. The primary objectives of BCA’s Next Generation Artist Residencies Program are:
- Promote arts and culture as integral parts of education, personal growth and community
- Provide students with knowledge and skills essential for college and their career
- Implement strategies and methods to increase students’ cognitive engagement
- Foster “project-based” education through a “learn by doing” approach
- Emphasize student acquisition of 21st century skills
- Focus on exploration of career options in the arts or arts-related fields
- Provide interdisciplinary/cross-curricular experiences that integrate the arts into other subject areas
A public school selects a BCA teaching artist (visual, media, performing, or literary), to deliver a series of intensive classroom sessions which immerse students in a particular art form through project-based activities.
Residencies enhance existing curriculum as well as complement and enrich teachers’ instructional plans, particularly in disciplines where teachers require assistance, thereby providing professional development for participating educators. BCA staff also aids by providing coordination and assistance throughout the entire process.
BCA’s artist residencies are not exclusively oriented to activity teachers (visual arts, music, dance, etc.). Any educator interested in exploring the possibilities of arts integration and its potential to add innovation and novelty to instruction are encouraged to participate.
STEAM residencies are a subset of BCA’s Artist Residencies program and focus on integrating the arts in a cross-curricular fashion to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in new and creative ways. During 2019-2020, at least three STEAM programs were provided to participating schools where artists implemented projects that enhanced students’ technology and science literacy.
ARTS + CULTURE = STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
According to the Department of Education, students with high levels of arts participation outperform arts-poor students on virtually every measure.
In fact, 62 academic research studies demonstrate that active engagement in arts education attributes to: