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  • MISSION: Every GCS student will have access to a world class arts education experience and graduate with skills whereby he or she may be life-long arts learners and appreciators.

    VISION: Opportunity for all

    World Class...that is the term synonymous with GCS Fine Arts. With over 90 professional learning, student learning, and cultural events district-wide throughout the calendar year, GCS Department of Fine Arts is among the most public, active, and engaged organization in Guilford County. GCS Fine Arts boasts some of the most renowned, effective, and engaging arts education programming in the world. From exceptional teachers to unique district programming, GCS Fine Arts proves why the arts are the "face of Guilford County Schools." GCS Fine Arts boasts:

    • The Summer Arts Institute - a program for advanced artistic immersion whereby students may explore visual art, theatre arts, dance, and music. Such programs include:
      • Arts Exploration in visual art, theatre arts, dance, and music for grades two through four
      • Arts Immersion in visual art, theatre arts, dance, and music for grades five through nine
      • 6 Strings and 88 Keys guitar and piano instruction
      • Band and Orchestra Jumpstart for beginning band and orchestra students
      • Stages for Learning full-scale Broadway-style productions that have included smash hit productions of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Little Mermaid, Godspell, Hairspray, The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, James and the Giant Peach, and Seussical.
      • Shakespeare in the Park outdoor productions of stunning Shakespearean works including Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Henry IV, and The Tempest.
      • Greensboro Project Space (GPS) visual art camp whereby students engage in learning in-depth visual art strategies utilizing different art genres such as recycled materials, sculpture, and ceramics
    • The Arts Integration Academy (AIA) - the emerging program for teaching and learning authentic methods for integrating various curricula with the arts funded for 2017-2022 by the federal Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) grant awarded to GCS in 2017 - one of 20 nationwide and the only North Carolina school to receive the award valued at $1.4 million. Programming will include:
      • Arts integration teaching and learning delivered via an online/face-to-face hybrid system for non-arts educators, arts educators, and administrators
      • Microcredentialling for completers of the program
      • The Collaboratory designed to offer program participants practical, authentic, synchronous opportunities to implement strategies learned in sessions in a controlled environment prior to implementation in the classroom
      • Designing a replicable arts integration curriculum
      • Dispatching community teaching artists to work alongside classroom teachers in authentically implementing instructional strategies
      • Cutting edge data collection and analysis in student brain functions related to arts integration
    • The Lyceum - a think tank for discussing current trends and data in a formal setting with community involvement as well as providing private and group lessons for students in all areas of arts education. All think tank sessions will be included on the Fine Arts YouTube Channel.
    • 2018 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts District of Excellence in Arts Education Award
    • 2018 NAMM Best Community for Music Education - the only full district in North Carolina
    • The Lang Lang International Music Foundation Keys of Inspiration grant and partnership whereby Roland piano labs are installed in select elementary schools

    We invite you to explore the arts in GCS and learn why our world class organization is on the path to becoming a national leader in arts education.


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Contact Us

  • Dr. Nathan Street
    Director of Fine Arts
    Office - (336) 574-2645 x 714810
    Email - streetn@gcsnc.com

    Leigh Ann Little
    Supervisor of Fine Arts
    Office - (336) 574-2645 x 714800
    Email - littlel4@gcsnc.com

    Maria-Elena Surprenant
    Curator of Fine Arts Grants
    Office - (336) 574-2645 x 714811
    Email - surprem@gcsnc.com 



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