The creative arts are returning to some Hawaiian schools after years of budgetary cutbacks. Their return is due to an alliance of educators, nonprofit groups and companies, including Apple. This “integrated arts approach” is catching hold at schools across the state, driven by a combination of national issues, academic research and local concerns, according to a Honolulu Advertiser article.
Apple has chosen Hawaiian schools as one of 30 affiliates nationwide for the Apple Learning Interchange, a Web-based arts library for generalist classroom teachers. It will include the arts curriculum developed in Hawaii known as Arts First, along with lesson plans, video and text on art history, art theory and practice for teachers and parents.
The Hawaii site won’t be ready until the spring, but curriculum from around the country can be viewed online.