Museum gets arts education grant
Posted February 21, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — The GlaxoSmithKline Foundation on Tuesday gave $2 million to the North Carolina Museum of Art to help teachers integrate arts education into other courses in elementary, middle and high schools statewide.
The Big Picture project will provide workshops, distance-learning courses and other resources to help teachers learn art-based strategies like perception, communication and problem-solving to promote student achievement and enhance their motivation to learn.
The museum has for a decade designed programs for select schools that integrate the visual arts across the curriculum for grades K–12. The new grant will allow the museum to extend the program to more than 150,000 teachers and students statewide.
“Our educational programming is nationally recognized for its innovation and positive impact in the communities we serve," museum director Larry Wheeler said in a statement. "Art integration inspires teachers who in turn inspire creative thinking in their students."