Arts Education

A growing body of research shows the positive impact of the arts on students and student achievement. Findings indicate that arts education strengthens student problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and adds to overall academic achievement and school success. Recent research conducted by the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform found that students who participated in arts activities were more interested in the arts and showed greater empathy than students who did not participate.

Community Creative Center’s Arts Education programming actively contributes to these outcomes by serving the region’s education community through curriculum-enhancing arts activities, studio visits and campus residencies.

Stage to Studio is an arts learning program designed to immerse students in a variety of arts activities that support curriculum learning and students’ overall creative and academic development. Students see a live stage production at Walton Arts Center, walk across the street to Community Creative Center for lunch and a hands-on studio art activity inspired by the performance. The activities are designed to engage students and more fully explore the art, themes and learning standards introduced by the performance. More than 4,000 Kindergarten – 5th grade students from low income, high need schools have participated in Stage to Studio since its launch in 2014. The program is generously supported by the Windgate Foundation and Einstein Brothers Bagels.

ART 2 GO brings hands-on art and clay activities directly to the students through two school campus components.

Afterschool ART (serves Kindergarten to 5th graders): Afterschool ART provides educational support and enrichment without placing additional financial or transportation burdens on schools or parents. Visiting four consecutive days after school hours, Community Creative Center teaching artists go on-site to provide hands-on workshops focused on a thematic exploration of the arts. All instruction, inspiration and supplies come directly to the students who are in a safe, well known environment, ready for fun.

Wheel Mobile (6th -12th grade students): The Wheel Mobile is a custom-designed, self-contained, traveling art studio that takes pottery wheel classes and workshops directly to participating schools. With its 9 built-in pottery wheels, water, power and all necessary supplies, Wheel Mobile visits enhance curriculum, support classroom learning, engage and inspire.

The Wheel Mobile program offers a unique, experiential field trip without the usual challenges of busing expense, travel time, safety and off-campus concerns. In addition, working on the pottery wheel gives students a creative outlet, one that encourages learners to explore and experiment, rewarding them with improved focus, a calming, therapeutic experience and a satisfying smile upon seeing their completed project.

Arts Integration: Community Creative Center offers customized arts integration workshops for schools, home school co-ops, alternative learning groups and community youth organizations. Our education team works closely with educators to identify core curriculum needs and develops relevant clay projects to support and enhance learning.