GROVE CITY – Grove City Area School District is being recognized for its visual arts programming.
The Pennsylvania Art Education Association has named the district “Outstanding Visual Arts Community 2020” for its commitment to visual arts education, according to a news release from the organization.
That means that the district demonstrates rigorous and inclusive programs, highly accessible programs, and highly visible programs – for all ages and grade levels.
The visual arts opportunities provided by the district help students with visual literacy, which includes “new thinking and learning skills of a digital age and a creative economy.”
These skills are helpful in the competitive workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis has reported that the arts and culture sector in 2017 was an $877.8 billion industry, according to date from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.
The association commends these Grove City art teachers for their roles in providing arts education: Chris Bauer and Amanda DiAlesandro, who both teach at the high school; Alisha Johnson, middle school; and Emily Lozosky, Hillview Elementary School.
“I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of teachers, students, staff, administrators, and community members,” Bauer said. “This award is a testament to the hard work and support of the whole community.” Projects over the past few years have included a mural for the Grove City YMCA – led by the high school’s Community Art Class; student paintings along the “glass hallway” at the high school; an art auction for a local pet rescue at the middle school; and paintings in the district board room.
The Pennsylvania Art Education Association’s mission says that it empowers its members to transform practices, students, colleagues and communities to build a strong art education culture and citizenry.