Professional artists, musicians and performers will teach middle school art classes at San Antonio Independent School District’s Academy campuses this fall through partnerships with six local arts organizations.
By bringing in the part-time employees through the organizations, the schools can offer more art options on each campuses, Executive Director of Fine Arts Daniel Loudenback said.
“This is brand new” for the district, he said. “The idea is we can cover more territory, more of our campuses, and offer more options for our kids, through these partnerships.”
The academy campuses combine elementary and middle school grades, so the grade levels are smaller than they would be at a traditional middle school. That would typically limit the arts offerings there, he said.
“A full-time teacher, they’d be bouncing around, we’d have to assign them to four campuses apiece,” which would create “a lot of issues,” he said.
Instead, when school starts this fall, professionals from the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, SAY Sí, Artpace, the Southwest School of Art, Spare Parts and the Magik Theatre will teach performing and fine arts classes at the academy campuses.