A&M-San Antonio and The Tobin Center kick off new K-5 arts-education program at SSAISD’s Armstrong Elementary, 5-6:30 p.m. December 9

By University Communications

Tuesday, 12 07 2021

Five-year $3.35 million DOE grant will provide opportunities for students and teachers

What: CULTIVAR arts education Kickoff Celebration
When: 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021
Where: Armstrong Elementary School, South San Antonio ISD

SAN ANTONIO — Texas A&M University-San Antonio, in partnership with the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, will host a kickoff event starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, December 9, to celebrate the $3.35 million CULTIVAR arts education grant recently awarded to the University by the Department of Education. The five-year grant award—the largest federal competitive grant received at A&M-San Antonio—will support CULTIVAR (Communities Uplifting Learners Through Imagination and Vibrant Artistic Reflections), an arts-based education program for K-5 students and teachers throughout San Antonio.

At this first of several CULTIVAR kickoff events, students and families from Armstrong Elementary in the South San Antonio ISD will participate in a variety of arts experiences at the school and will learn more about this exciting new partnership through a night that will feature storytelling and fun and include tamales, hot chocolate, and pan de polvo. Public figures from the University, A&M-San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development, The Tobin Center, SSAISD, and the city will be present.

As part of creating a fully immersive arts education program for all students in grades K-5, CULTIVAR will focus on three distinct areas—teachers, students, and community—that will enhance arts education in San Antonio schools and expand community and regional awareness of opportunities for Latinx cultural arts.

South San Antonio Independent School District (SSAISD) is one of seven school districts within the ASPIRE (A&M-San Antonio and South Bexar County ISDs Partnership to Impact Regional Equity and Excellence) network that is helping create equitable opportunities across districts and enhance social mobility, income growth, and career readiness for south Bexar County and the greater San Antonio area.

Read more about the CULTIVAR grant and A&M-San Antonio’s commitment to educational equity in San Antonio and to giving historically underserved communities access to meaningful arts education opportunities and resources that often are lacking.

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About Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Established as a stand-alone university in 2009, Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a comprehensive four-year public university that reflects the culturally diverse, heritage-rich community it serves. Situated on nearly 700 acres in south San Antonio, the University offers 33 undergraduate degrees and 16 graduate degrees to nearly 7,000 students. A&M-San Antonio is home to the Henry G. Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders and the Cyber Engineering Technology/Cyber Security Research Center. The University holds the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation and is one of only 24 higher education institutions in the U.S. to have received the Seal of Excelencia certification from Excelencia in Education for its support of Latino student success. More than 75 percent of A&M-SA students identify as Hispanic, and 73 percent are the first in their family to attend college. A&M-San Antonio is a military-embracing institution; in 2020, Military Times ranked the University No. 35 in the nation for Best for Vets: Colleges.” Visit tamusa.edu for more information. #onamission