The mission of Arts360 is to bring teachers full circle, as learners, collaborators, facilitators, and reflectors, in order to improve instruction and impact student achievement by making arts-based and arts integrated learning a critical component of every child’s educational experience. In 2010, the Tennessee Arts Commission was awarded a second 4-year Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant by the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $1,062,000 to develop the Arts360 program, making it the only state arts agency to be awarded this grant twice.
The original Arts360 initiative was a district model piloted by 4 Knox County Schools:
- Gap Creek Elementary
- Green Magnet STEAM Academy
- Mount Olive Elementary
- New Hopewell Elementary
Mooreland Heights Elementary School, a Value Plus school, was the mentor site for the Arts360 schools.
Improve the academic performance of elementary students
Improve standards-based arts education for all participants
Integrate standards-based arts education into the elementary school curriculum
Nurture collaboration within schools and across the district