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Jessi Black (left) Quad Cities Arts Community Arts Director, awarding "Arts Dollar$ Grant" to Diane Franken (right), co-director artsBASICS.

 


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BASICS is about ACTION

 

We are an advocacy group composed of students, teachers, parents, administrators, community leaders, and local businesses who have witnessed the power the arts have to educate, heal and entertain our communities.

 

BASICS (Bridging Arts Strategies in Communities and Schools)

 
The intent of the BASICS Program is to provide opportunities for equal access for all students to all of the arts.  When our school’s arts programs and their respective communities cooperate by working and learning together, we have favorable outcomes.  Outcomes are products of schools and communities reflecting upon their situations, needs and vision. Additionally, BASICS strives specifically to reach the following students: students who have an aptitude or interest in one of the arts that has remained unrecognized or unsupported; students whose attendance and interest in school might be elevated through involvement in one of the arts; students who are underachievers in another school content area who may raise their achievement through the integration of one or more of the arts with the teaching of this content area.  This may address their particular differentiated learning style that, as yet, might not have been fully utilized.  
 
We believe that the arts play a key role in educating all of our children to be prepared for working and living in the global 21st century.  Skills stressed in arts teaching, such as collaboration and self-motivation, are essential skills for all children in life and whatever career they choose.