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    A high-quality arts education program provides a sequential program of instruction in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts for all students beginning in preschool and continuing through high school.  The curricula are rooted in Pennsylvania's State Academic Standards for Arts and Humanities and National Core Arts Standards, these sources led to form 6 BIG IDEAS to guide instruction in the arts classrooms. For each discipline's curriculum, hover over the icons below.
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    The Arts Education department enhances educational experiences by utilizing the cultural resources within the Pittsburgh arts community.  We partner with museums, performing arts organizations, arts departments of colleges and universities, local artists, arts councils, foundations, and local businesses.  These collaborations extend students' appreciation of the possibilities to them for learning, recreation, and potential careers. 
    Our Partners

    African American Music Institute, AIR, Andy Warhol Museum, Arts Education Collaborative, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Attack Theatre, August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Bill Nunn Theatre Outreach Project, Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Museum of Art, Children's Window to Africa, Civic Light Orchestra, Cultural District, El Sistema Pittsburgh, Friends of Art, Gateway to the Arts, Heinz History Center, KRUNK, Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, Mattress Factory Museum, Opera Theatre, Penn State University, Pennsylvania Art Education Association, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts, PPS Parents Arts Advocacy Group, River City Brass, Saturday Light Brigade, Squonk Opera, Steeltown Entertainment, Steinway Pianos, The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, The Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Three Rivers Young People's Orchestra, Tracie Yorke Dance, Umoja African Arts Company, University of Pittsburgh, and YMCA Lighthouse Project.


    Interested in becoming an arts partner?  The Pittsburgh Public Schools Arts Education Department is pleased to partner with a variety of cultural institutions, community-based organizations, and individual teaching artists to extend and enrich arts learning opportunities for all students and teachers. If you or your organization wish to provide educational programming within PPS, please enter your programming information into our database. Click here.

    Arts learning can continue beyond the four walls of the arts classroom.  The Arts Education department offer opportunities during the school year and summer to enrich and develop students' artistic skills.   
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    Register for the week-long Summer 2017 String Camp!                                                                                                         July 24th-28th from 9am-3pm                                                                                                                                              (Note: String Campers must have at least one year of string instrument-playing experience.)                                                                                   FREE for PPS Students