ACE PINELLAS
2016 SHINE Mural Festival - Artist: Apexer

 

The orchestra serves as a model for society…you don’t have to like your stand partner, but you do have to start playing at the same time.

-Liz Schurgin, Executive Director of the D.C. Youth Orchestra.

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance approved the acquisition of the Arts for a Complete Education -ACE – program from the Pinellas Cultural Foundation to continue the mission to advocate for and support arts education in Pinellas County Schools, September, 2015.

The arts are basic to a complete education. ACE believes every child in every school should receive a well-rounded education that includes a comprehensive, sequential, high-quality program of arts instruction, taught by certified arts teachers.

The arts offer a perfect opportunity to teach our youth that all they have to do is try, and keep trying even when it’s difficult, a life lesson that will be carried with them forever. Preparing for exhibiting works and performing at public events encourages self-discipline, collaboration, perseverance and pride in accomplishment. The arts provide a healthy channel for emotions and self-expression. All of these benefits contribute to the academic and social development of young artists.

Arts Education is Vital*

  • Students with four years of art or music in high school average significantly better on their SAT scores.
  • Students of low socioeconomic status who are highly involved in the arts are five times less likely to drop out than their peers.
  • Students highly involved in the visual or performing arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.
  • Students highly involved in the arts are 20 percent more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree and 17 percent more likely to volunteer.
  • Students succeed in the workplace: Arts education encourages and cultivates creativity; and 72 percent of business leaders say creativity is the number one skill they seek when hiring.

*from Americans for the Arts

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is proud to include ACE Pinellas in its roster of programs and services for our community.

For more information, check out our Education Resources link, or email us at info@stpeteartsalliance.org

ACE is Supported by:

2020 - 2021 ACE Principals Appreciation Thank You

2019 - 2020 ACE Principals Appreciation Thank You

ACE Pinellas Committee

Daryn Bauer
The Florida Orchestra

 Steve Beaty
Arts Advocate, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance Board Member

 Dr. Susan Betzer
Arts Advocate, The Florida Orchestra Board Member

 Maria Cantonis
Clearwater Arts Alliance and Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg Board   Member

 Sue Castleman
Retired Pinellas County Schools Visual Arts Supervisor, Arts Advocate

 Brenda Dannewitz
Retired Music Teacher, Pinellas County Schools

 Madeline Dunsizer
Retired Instrumental Teacher, Pinellas County Schools

 Kay Eaton
Pinellas County Council PTA Rep, Reflections Chair

 Vicky Hagedorn, PhD
Retired Elementary Music Teacher, Pinellas County Schools

 Kimberly G. Jackson, Esq.
St. Petersburg College Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance Board Member

 Lisa Lehmann
Grants Manager, Elevate ARTS, Pinellas County Schools

 Kimberlyn Martin
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Julie Matus
The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

Jacob Merrett
Music Teacher, Lakewood High School, Pinellas County Schools

 Jonathan Ogle
Visual Arts Supervisor, Pinellas County Schools

 Joseph Papich
Arts Advocate, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance Board Member

 Judith Powers
Arts Advocate, Artist

Sharon Reid-Kane
VP Education & Outreach, Ruth Eckerd Hall

 Jeanne Reynolds
Retired Performing Arts Supervisor,  Pinellas County Schools

 Karen Santangelo
Visual Arts Teacher, Pinellas County Schools; PAEA Rep

 Ajori Spencer
Pre-K-12 Performing Arts Specialist, Pinellas County Schools

Frank Williams
Retired Instrumental Teacher, Pinellas County Schools

 

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