At Pittsburgh schools, efforts underway to reinstate arts curriculum

Posted on: August 9, 2016

“A renewed discussion about arts education in the Pittsburgh Public Schools this year has resulted in a school board proposal that could provide students exposure to other arts disciplines,” writes Molly Born in Friday’s (8/5) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “While that proposed policy for a district-wide ‘arts education delivery mode’ was tabled at a meeting last month, some new offerings will roll out in the 2016-17 school year … Four additional instrumental music instructors will bring to eight those who will rotate once every six days in all schools that have fourth through eighth grades. Last school year, four instructors rotated among 23 schools once every seven days. And an exploratory instrumental music pilot—a hybrid of general music and instrumental … will be added for third- and sixth-graders in eight schools…. Pittsburgh Public Schools had a robust music program at one time, noted Sarah Tambucci, director of the Downtown-based Arts Education Collaborative…. ‘That was a major dramatic cut that parents became acutely aware of,’ she said.” Says Kymberly Cruz, senior program officer for arts education, “What this policy does is … make sure that not just the artistic, talented students are receiving art and music … but all of our students.”

Posted August 9, 2016