Stevenson Wins Kennedy Center Award for Arts Education Excellence
Stevenson High School is one of five schools in America selected to receive this year’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award. The Kennedy Center Award, given by the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, is considered the highest honor for high school arts education programs.
From the Kennedy Center Press Release...
Adlai E. Stevenson High School offers a rigorous fine arts curriculum, with courses and extra-curricular opportunities abounding in visual arts, music, dance and theater. The fine arts faculty challenges students to think beyond the classroom, while never losing sight of its mission to instill a life-long love for, appreciation of, and involvement in the arts. Beyond providing a well-balanced education that focuses equally on the process of learning as well as the product of one’s efforts, Stevenson students regularly perform to raise money for charities and other worthy causes. Appreciating the arts is so important at Stevenson High School that it suspends the regular class schedule for two days every two years to conduct a fine arts festival for more than 4,000 students. Stevenson’s fine arts teachers also provide a model for collaboration that has gained attention from educators in other academic areas. During the past two decades, Stevenson’s fine arts program has earned a number of state and national honors for excellence. The school has earned four Blue Ribbon Awards for Excellence from the U.S. Department of Education, and on two occasions the fine arts program was singled out as a major factor in its decision.
Stevenson's Music Department was recently recognized by the Music Educators National Conference as one of
12 Model Music Programs in the nation !
an excerpt from the MENC press release:
MENC: The National Association for Music Education Announces Results of Nationwide Search for Model Music Programs
a link to the full MENC press release:
Initiative Identified and Disseminated Information Regarding Best Practices and Innovative Techniques in Music Education Programs
RESTON, VA (March 2, 2006) – MENC: The National Association for Music Education, as part of an initiative to spotlight model music education programs nationwide, announced that twelve programs have been selected by an MENC member review committee for Special Recognition. Each will receive a $1500 grant and an invitation to participate in a panel discussion on the programs at the MENC National Conference in Salt Lake City this April. MENC will also produce a publication highlighting the programs selected for special recognition as well as general aspects of the other submitted programs. Funding was provided by a U.S. Department of Education grant.
Music study provides unique opportunities for creativity and self-expression and promotes artistic and cultural awareness. It helps students develop skills in listening, awareness, teamwork, logical reasoning, problem solving, conceptualizing, and communicating. The Stevenson Music Department offers a variety of classes that allow students to continue - or begin - a strong, sequential program of vocal and/or instrumental music study.
Co-Curricular Clubs: Tri-M Music Honor Society