Arts and Digital Literacy is a program of the Texas Cultural Trust in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts that bridges fine arts education and technology. This initiative develops and supports project-based, fine arts curricula for high school teachers to that establish the connection between traditional fine arts education and digital media, creating learning experiences that develop a student’s capacity for critical thinking, creativity, imagination, and innovation.
The 83rd Texas Legislative session validated the importance of the arts with the passage of House Bill 5, which requires that schools teach 21st century learning skills, develop community partnerships, and focus on digital learning. The Arts and Digital Literacy curricula are based on a combined set of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in fine arts and technology, resulting in rigorous arts courses that are designed to develop students’ media literacy and prepare them for the 21st century workplace.
In 2013, the Texas State Board of Education approved the new student standards for the Fine Arts. These new standards include all of the Trust’s courses (Art and Media Communications I & II, Music and Media Communications I, Theatre and Media Communications I & II, Dance and Media Communications I & II). With the implementation of the new Fine Arts standards in the 2015-16 school year, students who complete one of these courses will receive one fine arts credit. Currently, all Texas high school students are required to have one fine arts credit for graduation.
Classroom Technology Grant recipients must: teach one of the courses under the PEIMS code during the 2019-2020 school year, offer one of the Arts and Digital Literacy courses for three years, participate in a telephone interview, allow a classroom observation upon request, and respond to a short survey at the beginning and end of each school year. Administrators must commit to supporting the teacher’s involvement in this project.
Theatre and Media Communications I PEIMS Code: 03251300Theatre and Media Communications IIPEIMS Code: 03251400
Music and Media Communications IPEIMS Code: 03156400Music and Media Communications IIPEIMS Code: 03158500
Art and Media Communications IPEIMS Code: 03500120 Art and Media Communications IIPEIMS Code: 03501230
Dance and Media Communications IPEIMS Code: 03834500Dance and Media Communications IIPEIMS Code: 03834600
PART ONE: Applicant Information and PEIMS codes
PART TWO: Grant Application
PART THREE: Equipment/Device Request Form (Shopping Cart)
PART FOUR: Assurances
PART FIVE: Application Timeline