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For Educators

Jump Street partners with educators in all settings to help infuse, elevate, and support the arts, culture, and workforce development. Partnerships and programming come in a variety of forms and can be custom built to meet your needs.

Arts in Education

Arts in Education (AIE) places exceptional professional artists from the visual, performing, media and literary arts in educational settings for in-depth residencies. Teachers/agencies select and collaborate with qualified artists who conduct Artist Residencies – experiences that will integrate arts into the teacher’s core curriculum.

Jump Street is an Arts in Education Partner with Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Jump Street is expanding the role of the arts in classrooms and community centers in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Schuylkill Counties.

Arts in education began as a National Endowment of the Arts initiative for state arts councils in the late 1970s. The PA Council on the Arts introduced its innovative decentralized model and as a result, the entire state, not just the metro-centers, has AIE Partner support to help schools redefine, energize and/or expand arts education. Pennsylvania has earned a series of awards and honors for arts in education partnerships. In July 2012, Jump Street was named as Pennsylvania’s thirteenth AIE partner.

and™ magazine

and™ magazine’s mission is to provide opportunities to regional teens to participate in all phases of the magazine publishing process, to learn marketable and transferable skills as well to provide teens with a magazine that promotes healthy lifestyles and highlights opportunities available in Central Pennsylvania.

The Gift of Music

Jump Street created the Gift of Music to combat the lack of resources available to schools and organizations to provide music training to their students. Even with the resources available, many students cannot afford the cost of buying or renting an instrument to participate. This is where the Gift of Music comes in.

Since 2001, the Gift of Music has collected and distributed over 400 instruments to students in the Capital Region. Additionally, Jump Street has incubated the Gift of Music in three other cities: Philadelphia, Allentown and Lancaster. In all, the four sites have supplied well over 1,000 donated instruments. Hundreds of youth, unable to afford the cost of renting or buying an instrument of their own, now benefit from donations from the community.

Poetry Out Loud

This exciting national arts education program encourages intensive learning about great poetry through educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition in high schools across the country. Taking part in Poetry Out Loud can help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the State Arts Agency, administers Poetry Out Loud in the Commonwealth as part of its ongoing efforts to foster educational excellence for Pennsylvania’s students through participation in the creative process.

Created by The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud uses a structure similar to the National Spelling Bee. Competition begins at the classroom level. Winners advance to school-wide competition, regional contests, then to state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals. All types of high schools are welcome to participate, including public, private, parochial, independent, charter, etc.

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts partners with fourteen regional hosts to conduct Poetry Out Loud.

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