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A man playing a saxophone on stage. Painting of a hand cupped around a tiny infant. Vibrantly colored painting of geometric renderings of faces. A woman sculpting a bust out of clay. Close-up of a painting of a human eye in shades of black, red and orange. A woman performing in a play on stage. A young boy smiling at a hand puppet. An exuberant group of participants in the Actual Lives program. A young boy participating in the Arts Alive program. Painting with white and blue hair-like strokes on a background of deep turquoise. Man in a wheelchair viewing artwork in a gallery. Blind artist standing in front of his work. Group of women performing with colored scarves. Man speaking into a microphone with open captioning on a large screen behind him. Group of young students playing a musical game with the teacher.

Programs - Artist Residencies - Arts Alive!

Arts Alive is an inclusive, arts-based enrichment program designed to support classroom teachers integrating the arts, pre-literacy skills, reading and language arts into their curricula. The inclusive nature of the program makes it an ideal tool for teaching children in both general and special education settings.

Outcomes for the program include: improved student social skills, improved academic performance, improved overall school climate and an increase in parental involvement.

Because of its emphasis on literacy and language development, Arts Alive is a excellent teaching tool for students learning English as a second language. The program operated successfully in this mode for four years in the Ysleta ISD in El Paso and was funded in El Paso and Austin classrooms in 2006–2007 by the Texas Education Agency under the Texas Pre-Kindergarten Limited English Proficiency Pilot program.

Arts Alive for English Language Learners (ELLs) is based on the Prism Model of effective second-language acquisition developed by Virginia P. Collier of George Mason University. The program provides a culturally supportive environment that allows cognitive and language development to flourish through the use of traditional and folk arts reflecting the English Language Learner’s culture of origin. This approach allows students to maintain their primary language while advancing their proficiency in English.

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Eager students in the Arts Alive! program at Zavala Elementary.

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