Since 1997, Young Audiences of Northeast Texas has supported the arts in education and partnered with educators to bring unique arts experiences to students, teachers and schools. Our Arts in Education Awards event will honor the true heroes of the arts in our schools, arts educators themselves.
Teachers are selected by the use of creative approaches to learning, provide appropriate learning environments for teaching the arts, and recognizing that the arts are critical and essential to education; encouraging parental participation in and/or support of the creative education of their children and promoting community connections that build value and respect for the community by offering students diverse experiences beyond the classroom.
We would like to recognize our very own Laura Hilbig who was selected as an award winner for 2016. Mrs. Hilbig uses creative approaches to learning by using multiple modalities to teach fine arts, integrating technology, and by creating interdisciplinary units with core classes. The students get to hear, see, perform, read, and construct different art forms. The teacher meets with the core teachers to see how she can infuse their curriculum with the fine arts. The students get to see the art class as a critical component of their core classes through this interdisciplinary planning and implementation. They do not see art class as a separate entity but the fusion of many of their classes. Laura also hosts an art club for students that do not get to participate in the art class during their regular class schedule. The students are working on a mural to post in the hallway depicting the core beliefs of our school. Laura consistently communicates with the parents of units that are coming up and ways that parents can get involved. The students are currently working with recorders, and she is hosting a recorder recital for the community and parents to hear the accomplishments of the students. She has teamed up with the North Texas Poison Control Center to come in and give lessons about Poison Prevention, and the students are creating posters for the National Poison Prevention Week in March.