Arts Education Fair connects teachers across Philly, bridges gap between classroom, stage

Event informs teachers how to best present arts education to students

Justin Udo
August 22, 2018 - 7:44 pm
Art educators from across Philadelphia connected with more than 70 renowned local arts programs Wednesday at the third annual Arts Education Fair.

Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Art educators from across Philadelphia connected with more than 70 renowned local arts programs Wednesday at the third annual Arts Education Fair.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts played host to the arts initiative, which aims at bridging the gap between the classroom and the stage.

"We have the Pennsylvania Ballet, we have Mural Arts, we have the [Philadelphia] Orchestra," described Kelly Lee, the chief cultural officer with the City of Philadelphia.

Lee said the session gave teachers insight to different resources at their fingertips.

"Teachers are going from table to table to find those programs that they think would be of interest to their students," she said.

The event also gave the city a chance to unveil its new website, which offers a digitalized version of the fair.

"Art seekers can go on this website tool and find the arts organizations that are providing the exact programming they are looking for," she added.

Cathy Bateman, a teacher at the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, said the fair gave her invaluable information she can use in her classroom.

"This is an opportunity for all of our students in Philadelphia to have a great experience," she noted, "and for teachers to be really good at that to help them with it."

Bateman added this program helps to ensure Philly students get a well-rounded arts education.

"All of our students should have the opportunity to experience the creative arts, whether it's dance or music, or theater or visual arts," she said.