Arts Education

For more than 20 years, the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts has designed and implemented research-based arts education programs for New Jersey’s pre/K-12 schools that teach in, about, and through the arts, stimulating students’ learning by opening up new pathways to understanding across disciplines.

In general, the program provides direct access to high-quality arts and professional artists; enhances perceptual and memory skills; explores the language of symbols; expands vocabulary and literacy skills; exercises higher order thinking skills; promotes understanding of cultural variations; fosters an awareness of students’ own creative abilities; and nurtures students and teachers’ interest in the arts.

All arts education programs fulfill New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.

The following is an overview of the programming RCCA offers. Please continue to navigate this site and our main website for specific information and to learn even more:

This 90-minute program provides lively, interactive classes in the Stedman Gallery, followed by art activities designed to reinforce concepts covered in the gallery. Teachers receive resource packets to aid in integrating the exhibition concepts into the classroom curriculum.

STAGES OF DISCOVERY Performing Arts Program
The broad range of music, theater, dance, and multi-disciplinary performances in this series has been selected for their high level of artistic quality and for their ability to engage student audiences. Teachers receive a resource packet to aid in integrating the performance concepts into the classroom curriculum.

National Recitation Contest for high school students
Region 1 Competition
Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:00 am

Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with State Arts Agencies. Participating teachers are provided with free curriculum materials – a poetry anthology, audio guide, teachers’ guide, posters, and a comprehensive website, all aligned to national standards. Classroom winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to regional competition, then to the state competition on March 15, 2013, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC, April 29-30, 2013.

The deadline for school registrations is November 16, 2012.


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