To support: the advancement of Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Arts Collaborative program, helping to extend this model of educational reform into other schools within the City of Pittsburgh and begin the planning process to bring it forward in concept and design to other communities.
Since 1995, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and its partners the Pittsburgh Board of Education and the Grable, Vira I. Heinz and Eden Hall Foundations have designed and successfully implemented a comprehensive four year (9-12th grade) pilot curriculum which infused the artistic disciplines and principles associated with ceramic art, photography, computer imaging and music (jazz) with the academic frameworks and standards set forth by the School District and State Department of Education.
The Arts Collaborative is a working model that has been evaluated by internal and external entities, concluding that this program is how the arts are not just basic to education but integral. This project proposal seeks support to undertake the following objectives in order to move the program from pilot designation to that of a standard in public education:
In order to develop a strategy to replicate the Arts Collaborative MCG must be able to:
* test the curriculum;
* build the network of professional artist of national and regional stature;
* train artists and classroom teachers to "collaborate" and communicate with one another; and
* prepare for publication documents related to curricular research and evaluation to the field and develop a forum for dissemination and feedback.