The Arts Education Program offers a wide variety of opportunities for student participation and learning. At the elementary level, visual arts and music are presented to all students as an ongoing curricular subject to encourage their artistic and creative development. At the middle and high school levels, students may select for study courses in Band, Choral Music, General Music, Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, and Dance. Beginning at the fifth-grade level, the String Orchestra program is offered to all interested fifth and sixth-grade students as part of a sequential instructional program (grades 5-12) to develop fine motor skills, aural development, and background for success in instrumental music.
As an outgrowth of the Arts Education Instructional Program, artistic opportunities such as All-County Middle and High School Band, All-County Chorus, All-County Dance, All-County Theatre Festival, Cumberland County Youth Orchestra, Cumberland County Middle School Youth Orchestra, Fall & Spring Evenings of Dance, Summer Orchestra Workshop, Spring Orchestra Festival, High School Juried Art Show and the annual Cross Creek Mall Visual Arts Exhibit are sponsored for the development of the higher achieving student. Our students and performing ensembles have a strong tradition of consistently receiving numerous awards, recognition, scholarships, and advance placements in various local district, and state competitions, festivals, and performing arenas.
In addition to curricular offerings, the Arts Education Program provides a range of cultural opportunities for all students. Through a partnership with the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, the Artist-in-Schools Program provides the services of professional artists and performing arts companies for workshops, residencies, and performances at a low cost. Each year, third, fourth and fifth-grade students look forward to attending performances of the Fayetteville Symphony, Nutcracker Ballet and the North Carolina Symphony. To provide these and many more opportunities for student learning, the Arts Education program joins with many state and community organizations and agencies such as the North Carolina Symphony, Fayetteville Symphony, the North Carolina State Ballet, Methodist College, Fayetteville State University, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Cape Fear Studios, and the North Carolina Arts Council to provide opportunities for student learning in the Arts.