Elementary Art

In 1998 the Tulsa Community and the Tulsa Public Schools met as the “Fine Arts Task Force” to investigate ways to promote fine arts instruction in the schools.  Since that time the district has hired a music teacher for every school and an art teacher for all but six schools.  In 2007 the Tulsa School Board was honored by the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. and the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education for their commitment to arts education.


Our elementary art teachers are a cohesive group.  They meet often as a large group for professional development, vertical teaming and fellowship.  In addition, many art teachers travel to each other’s schools to meet in smaller “Area” groups.  Recently the district was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Kennedy Venter for teacher professional development in Fine Arts.


Tulsa Public Schools has five A+ schools that include Grissom, Grimes, Owen, Chouteau and Robertson Elementary Schools.  Remington Elementary School is an Arts Infusion School that receives additional funding for professional development from Project CREATES and the Barthelmus Foundation.


Mark Twain Elementary School offers the service-learning project for students called, “The Art Ambassadors.”  These students learn that by helping others through art, they enrich themselves and their community.  They have painted murals around town, provided centerpieces for the Mayor’s Breakfast conference, and this year hope to raise funds to attend the national service learning conference and hear the Reverend Desmond Tutu speak.


The Eugene Field Elementary school has created an art and sculpture garden featuring the “ten most important artists that all students should learn about.”  It was recently featured on local news channels and the Living Arts “Art in the Garden Tour.”


Parent volunteers at Carnegie Elementary School volunteer weekly in the art room for the “Art Sparks” art history program.  Working with the art teacher, the parents research famous artists and provide a brief art history lecture.  The art teacher follows up with a related fine arts experience.


Eighteen of our elementary schools participate in the Philbrook Outreach program for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.  Students receive funding to be bussed to the museum after school for a snack, a tour of the museum and an afternoon of creativity in the museum studio.  Each session lasts a semester.


All local museums provide special programming to schools with Educator’s Evenings, arts camps, free bussing and a variety of tours for children.


Each year the University of Tulsa presents “Catch the Dream Spirit” Elementary Art Show.  Students and their families are treated to a reception at the University and given gifts of art supplies.  Several artworks are chosen from each year and submitted to the State Superintendent for her Youth Arts Month elementary art show at the capitol.


The Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation provides scholarship funding each year for the Kravis Summer Arts Camp.  Applications are available on the web site.


The Levit family provides funding for the Levit Prize for Excellence in Art Education.  Elementary art students receive prize money and art supplies.  The Assistance League of Tulsa provides support for the annual District Art Show, now in its 27th year.  They also provide grants to individual arts classrooms for innovative projects.


All of these varied services assist children in developing their creativity and artistic skills.

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