National Arts in Education Week- How Arts & Cultural Organizations in Martin County Celebrate

afta_artsedweek_finNational Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Designated by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students. National Arts in Education Week takes place annually during the week beginning with the second Sunday of September (this year it falls on Sept. 11 – 17, 2016).

The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages—from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs—benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities!

“Arts Education and its enhancement is a vital message in our advocacy for the arts in our community. Students of all ages benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking and creativity. The arts are an essential part of a complete education, at home, at school and in the community.”

Nancy K. Turrell, Executive Director of The Arts Council of Martin County


The Arts Council of Martin County  

Marvin S. Cone Annual High School Juried Arts Show/Plein Air Arts Day 

Marvin S. Cone Annual High School Juried Arts Show: Each year the Arts Council presents the Marvin S. Cone Annual High School Juried Art Show to recognize the artistic talents of Martin County high school students. The art teachers at each school select each piece of artwork for entry in the exhibit. It is a highly competitive process; the categories for cash awards are photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media/assemblage, printmaking, and drawing. The awards reception is held at the Court House Cultural Center Gallery. Additionally, each high school principal and the school superintendent select pieces to purchase that become a part of a permanent collection at their respective high schools and the superintendent’s office.

Plein Air Arts Day: This annual Arts Council Arts Education Program brings together local high school art students and professional artists for a day of learning and working alongside some of the best artists that our area has to offer!

The Lyric Theatre   

Artist Residency Program


The Lyric Theatre Residency Program, instituted in 2010, brings professional artists into our schools for an intensive, up-close and personal exchange with students. This unique experience allows dedicated artist mentors to kindle even the smallest spark of creativity in a child that might otherwise go unnoticed!

Library Foundation of Martin County

Gateway to the Arts

A new arts literacy studio located in Golden Gate that hosts classes and workshops, with a focus on appreciation and understanding of the arts that is free and open to the public as means for bringing cultural value to the community!

Ground Floor Farm

Ground Floor Farm facilitates a wide range of educational programming for both adults and children, building confidence and getting folks active in the kitchen and garden!


Visionary School of the Arts

Award winning Visionary School of Arts is a place of learning, expansion, and launching for artists of all levels, ages 5 and up. Student base has grown to over 100 with outreach programs and semester students involving widespread community shows, live painting appearances and “plein air” excursions!

Check HERE to discover more local art and cultural organizations who celebrate the importance of arts education in our community!

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