The Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA) Arts-in-Education Program Initiatives include:
Imagination, Creativity and Innovation Initiative (ICI) ICI is an initiative being piloted in eight schools throughout Louisiana. Participating schools are given the tools and support needed to integrate the arts into curriculum. In ICI schools the process of creating, performing and responding to art is used to increase student achievement, increase attendance by students and staff, lower rates of retention raise self-esteem, decrease discipline problems, encourage greater parent participation and grow a sense of community. For more information about the Imagination, Creativity and Innovation Initiative, click here.
Poetry Out Loud - Each year high school students from across the state take part in Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with the Louisiana Division of the Arts the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. During the 2011/2012 school year more than 1200 students participated in Louisiana. The winner of each high school competition will advance to a regional competition. Winners of regional contests will then advance to the state competition. The Louisiana champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed. Visit Poetry Out Loud for more information about this national program.
Professional Development - Each year, LDOA strives to create professional development opportunities for teaching artists, classroom teachers and administrators. Since 2009, LDOA has partnered with the Kennedy Center to provide much of this professional development. Please check our website often to learn about future opportunities.
Technical Assistance - Louisiana Division of the Arts staff is available to assist with writing lesson plans, modeling sample lessons, observing and providing feedback to teachers, and other services that may be needed.
For more information, please contact Danny Belanger, LDOA Director of Arts-in-Education, at 225-342-8209 or firstname.lastname@example.org