Madison Avenue Elementary K-2 was designated a Model Whole School by the Whole School Initiative and the Mississippi Art Commission in July of 2013. That means that we will serve as a model and advisor to other schools that are just beginning their journey into arts integration.We obtained our goal to sustain our Arts program after the MAC Arts grant expired. We are in our fifth year now of a self sustained arts program. It is all thanks to the support of our wonderful parents, and their fundraising efforts, that the PTO has been able to keep this program going so strongly.
The arts…drama, music, dance and visual arts…are used as a springboard to tap into each child's learning style. Teaching artists are brought in to share their talents with students, as well as their techniques with teachers.
Schools participating in the Whole Schools Initiative are given professional development opportunities for their teachers to assist in keeping up with new strategies in arts integration. Funds to sustain our Arts program are provided through various PTO fund raisers including the Cheese Straw sale, Holiday Heirlooms and Arts on the Avenue.Our Mission:
Is to inspire every child to be an “MAE Artist” by learning to explore, enrich
and engage their head, heart and hands in and through the arts using.....
• Verbal • Kinesthetic • Visual • Musical • Analytical • Emotional Avenues
Arts Education at Madison Avenue K-2
MAE K-2 is a member of the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Initiative.
The Whole Schools Initiative, Mississippi’s first comprehensive statewide arts education
program, uses the arts as a vehicle for promoting high-quality instruction and learning for students in all disciplines. This unique program goes far beyond “art for art’s sake” and applies the learning power of the arts across the curriculum.
As a “Model Whole School”, Madison Avenue Elementary K2, MAE, has created an environment of learning by integrating the arts in all areas—Math, Language Arts, Reading, Science, and Social Studies. MAE is able to do this thanks to our supportive PTO who makes it all possible.
The Whole School initiative is provided in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission, a
state agency, and the National Endowment of the Arts, a federal agency.Visual Arts
All students spend time each week experiencing the visual arts in
art class. Students have fun learning to creatively express themselves in a
variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and
printmaking. Students are told they cannot fail at art!!Subject matter draws on each student's observation and
imagination. Using basic Elements of Art and Principles of Design, lessons are
integrated with science, math, language arts and social studies concepts to
create a lively, interactive learning environment. Art from various cultures
throughout time is also introduced in class.Throughout the school year, student artwork is displayed throughout the school and in businesses within our community.
We also have many arts related events/projects including our annual "Arts on the Avenue".
This usually is towards the end of the month of April, but be sure to check the Arts calendar
to make sure you don't miss the next exhibit or event.
In addition, classroom teachers at Madison Avenue K-2 are committed to reaching every student by infusing the arts into their standard curriculum, teaching all subjects with and through the arts.
Research shows that students taught through the arts learn to develop creative ways to approach problems, critical thinking skills, confidence and
self-esteem, and a deeper understanding of themselves, their own culture, and the cultures of others.
Our vision for the Art Program at Madison Avenue K-2 is as follows:
· Every student is an artist.
· Every student knows basic art history (key figures).
· Every student gains confidence.
· Every student is exposed to varying media.
· Every student is offered an outlet for expression.
· Every student is familiar with the Elements of Art, and the Principles of Design.
· Every student can be successful in art class!
Because every child deserves to be taught in and through the arts
PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR· Integrated Arts Instruction· Student Musical Performances· Holiday Heirlooms
· Arts on the Avenue ~ Family Arts Festival· PTO Performances
· Guest Artists· E-Gallery ~ Computer Art Projects· Madison Strings
TO HELP SUPPORT THE ARTS AT MAE...E-MAIL Amy Ramsey
The Mississippi Arts Commission is a state agency that serves more than 1.7 million people of the state through grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wallace Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, Donna & Jim Barksdale, the Phil Hardin Foundation and other private sources. The Commission serves as the official grants-making and service agency for the arts in Mississippi.