Cayce school receives $13,000 grant for arts programs

Dancers from Busbee Creative Arts Academy participate in master ballet classes led by the Dance Theatre of Harlem as part of their residency at the University of South Carolina. (Photo provided)

Dancers from Busbee Creative Arts Academy participate in master ballet classes led by the Dance Theatre of Harlem as part of their residency at the University of South Carolina in February. (Photo provided)

 

A local arts academy for middle school students in Lexington School District Two can boost its curriculum thanks to a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Busbee Creative Arts Academy in Cayce will receive an “Arts in Education” grant of almost $13,000 to supplement the arts-focused approach educators use to keep students engaged in their studies.

The grant application spun out of ideas teachers came up with during a session last summer at the Arts in Education Leadership Institute at Winthrop University, Academy Principal C.R. Hall said.

“As part of our school renewal plan, we said we would research the ‘Arts in Basic Curriculum’ approach as a better way to integrate the arts in the classroom,” Hall said. “We brought our ideas back to our faculty and they were immediately on board.”

Grant funding will provide additional fine arts professional development for Busbee’s teachers. Students will benefit from more arts experiences, including artists-in-residence programs and professional arts performances

“The South Carolina Arts Commission Grant is a blessing that will help us pursue our arts-infusion dream for all of our students,” Hall said.

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