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Educator resources

The alliance between the FAC and CC provides us the resources and opportunities to develop, implement and research new and adventurous approaches to teaching and learning in the arts. Below are some of those opportunities. We want to be a resource for you as an educator and encourage onsite and off site learning about the arts. If you have questions for us that are not answered here, please reach out to our education department at

Educator Articles

Teaching Critical Thinking through Art with the National Gallery of Art

Based on the National Gallery of Art’s popular Art Around the Corner professional development program for teachers in Washington, D.C., this five-part, self-paced online course provides everything you need to begin creating a culture of critical thinking and collaboration for any classroom, subject, or level. You do not need an art background or museum access to successfully integrate the “Artful Thinking” course materials into your teaching. Your focused attention, willingness to experiment, and commitment to trying new discussion practices with your students is all that is required.

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Why Field Trips And Arts Education Aren’t Just Frills

Education policymakers have seen arts classes and cultural field trips as far less important than reading and math skills. Now there’s evidence that those experiences can have significant benefits, especially for disadvantaged students.

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NAEA Digital 10 Lessons the Arts Teach Poster

Excerpted from the Elliot Eisner’s, The Arts and the Creation of Minds, this piece makes a great addition to any classroom.


What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education

As building-­level leaders, school principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives high-quality and equitable arts learning as part of a well-rounded education. Building on the first release of What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education in 2011, this updated guide offers three concrete actions school leaders can take to increase the arts in education in their schools. Each action is supported by low- or no-cost strategies — outlined in this guide — that school leaders have used and found effective.

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How School Leaders Can Inspire Daily Creativity

The buzz of an alarm signifying a new day, the smell of freshly brewed coffee, the turning of a key in a car ignition, the wheels of a bike moving in smooth repetition, and music and stories filling our ears as we make our daily commutes. Innovative ideas, methods and practices shape and inspire the world in which we live. Each day, we experience the contributions of great leaders, thinkers and doers that make our lives more efficient, safer, gratifying and full of creativity.

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Native Knowledge 360°

Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) provides educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history and cultures. NK360° provides educational materials and teacher training that incorporate Native narratives, more comprehensive histories, and accurate information to enlighten and inform teaching and learning about Native America. NK360° challenges common assumptions about Native peoples—their cultures, their roles in United States and world history, and their contributions to the arts, sciences, and literature.

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Inside a New Effort to Change What Schools Teach About Native American History

Students who learn anything about Native Americans are often only offered the barest minimum: re-enacting the first Thanksgiving, building a California Spanish mission out of sugar cubes or memorizing a flashcard about the Trail of Tears just ahead of the AP U.S. History Test. A new curriculum from the American Indian Museum brings greater depth and understanding to the long-misinterpreted history of indigenous culture.

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Expanding Creative Horizons

Touring Programs

Enrich the minds and imaginations of your students with the ageless power of art. We offer a variety of FREE tour options for educational groups of all ages, sizes, and abilities.

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Professional Development

As part of the Kennedy Center Partners in Education, the FAC partners with school district 11, UCCS Presents and school district 20 to provide classes in Arts Integration.  Also, the Fine Arts Center’s Bemis Art School offers certificates of completion for art classes. Often these hours qualify for professional development hours that must be maintained as a teacher.

Educator Workshops

Art Class Catalog

Talented in Art Program

We offer Gifted and Talented in Art programs for School District 11, for grades 3-5. For over 25 years we have offered programs to teach high levels of art standards. Multiple week art classes in varied mediums culminate in an art show and reception for the students who participate.

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Student Matinée Programs

The award-winning and critically-acclaimed Fine Arts Center Theatre Company produces an annual season of musicals, comedies and dramas. Bring classes and groups to our student matinées for an enriching experience to last a lifetime. The variety of theatre experiences will leave your students wanting more!

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Fourth Grade Passport to the Arts Program

With Art We Thrive

In an effort to maximize learning opportunities and incite a lifelong love and appreciation for the arts with area youth, the Fine Arts Center is proud to announce the Passport to the Arts program for fourth grade students and their families. Learn More

Image above: Doug Hyde, Hopi Basket Dancers, 1985 (detail)