About Professional Development at Walton Arts Center
Time at school should be rich and rewarding. When children's imaginations and humanity are engaged in learning, the classroom is where they want be. Arts integration training for teachers transforms how teachers teach as well as how students learn, what students remember and ultimately what they know.
Walton Arts Center is proud to strengthen our schools and support our teachers in making the classroom a dynamic place that can change a child's life.
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The SmART residency is a year-long professional development residency supporting teachers to include the arts across the curriculum and to help students achieve in literacy and their ability to collaborate.
"This training has opened my eyes to the world of arts integration in the classroom and how easy, vital, and engaging it will be for me and my students to learn."
-SmART Residency Teacher
With partners the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) and Trike Theatre (Bentonville), the Walton Arts Center’s 2018 SmART Residency provided more than 30 contact hours of arts integration instruction; 5 contact hours arts integration role modeling in 24 residency classrooms; and gave nearly 600 children access to 2 Walton Arts Center live-performance experiences, Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Activities trained grade-level teaching teams to understand, value and use arts integration, increased the frequency of arts integration instruction and supported student achievement while creating a culture of arts integration.
SmART Residency School Sonora Elementary (Springdale) was one of ten US schools profiled in the October 2012 issue of Parenting Magazine for their work in arts integration. Walton Arts Center is proud to have our school partner nationally featured during National Arts and Humanities month.
Support for the SmART Residency is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts, Walton Arts Center arts education supporters and benefactors.