Across Durham Public Schools, schools will host their spring musicals, State and county Youth Art Month exhibitions will display exceptional student work, spring instrumental and vocal concerts are being held and dance recitals will be performed. These activities are all part of “Arts in the Schools Month,” an annual celebration originally proclaimed by the U.S. Department of Education that showcases the accomplishments of students in dance, music, theatre and the visual arts nationwide.
This is a month dedicated to arts education and gives our students a chance to appreciate how important arts in our schools is. The arts not only allow them to express themselves, but also reinforce what students learn in other subjects across the curriculum. Our students need access to the arts much more now than ever before.
Durham Public Schools continues to build its well-earned reputation as a state leader in arts education, hitting records for participation in all disciplines, including Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Art. DPS continues to work towards 'universal access’ to arts education. Our school administrators, school board members, community partners and teachers are working in unison to ensure that we provide both the inspiration and infrastructure to ensure participation by all students.