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The mission of the RAC is to form a collaborative network of local Teaching Artists that represent the 25 School Districts.  The Intermediate Unit 1 is a regional educational agency that strives to provide educational support to the students, parents, educators, school administrators, and the communities throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.

RAC -  “Personnel placement in the nature of placing artists into school systems to work with teachers to do public art projects with students.”

The Rural Arts Collaborative was made possible through a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. 

Intended Outcomes:

Intended outcomes from this project and the focus of Benedum Foundation grant funds are used for:

-Expand the Rural Arts Collaborative network by adding five schools (four in Washington and one in Fayette County).  A second school in Fayette County is also being considered.

-Extend artist residencies to a full year where possible.

-Fully integrate the artist experience with formal classroom instruction.

-Host showcases of students art and professional development workshops through the IU1 Center for Professional Development.

-Continue to support existing school partnerships.  

Carmelle Nickens 
-  Rural Arts Collaborative 
Project Manager

The Rural Arts Collaborative Projects by School Year

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Rural Arts Collaborative (RAC) Project Demographics
School years 2013-14 through 2016-17
A total of 1375 students were impacted throughout Fayette County since the start of the RAC Project 2013 – 2017. (6 residencies total)
·         Students below were from Connellsville, Uniontown, Frazier & Laurel Highlands (4 School Districts collaboratively participated)
·         Music – Guitar & Violin lessons with 2 resident artists: 224 students {25% of these students were from low to very low family incomes}
·         Theatrical Classes – Project Talent workshops with resident artist:  579 students {53% of these students were considered troubled youth from troubled families, with “troubled family” defined as abusive or drug involved}
·         Art Classes – Liz Jones Art Studios - 2 resident artists worked in various forms of art: Ceramics, Painting, Jewelry Making:  554 students {85% of these students were from low to very low family incomes}

·         Special Needs – worked with resident artist at Highlands Hospital Cleveland Clinic Facility on Mural Painting: 18 students {all of these students were Autistic}

A total of 450 students were impacted throughout Greene County since the start of the RAC Project 2013 – 2017.  All 5 school districts in Greene had teaching artist residencies, as well as one IU#1 Alternative School. (6 residencies total)
·         Carmichael School District: 90 students worked with resident artist on Metal Sculptures
·         Central Greene School District: 80 students – worked  on Screen Printing
·         IU#1 East Franklin Alternative School:  70 students {CTHES – Comprehensive & Therapeutic Emotional Support and physically disabled students} – worked on Screen Printing & Jewelry Making
·         Jefferson Morgan School District: 80 students – worked on Paper Making & Print Making
·         Southeast Greene School District: 75 students – worked on Ceramic Tile Mosaics

·         West Greene School District: 55 students – worked on Fiber Arts 

A total of 775 students were impacted throughout Washington County since the start of the RAC Project 2013 – 2017.  A total of 3 school districts in Washington, as well as one IU#1 Alternative School had teaching artist residencies. (5 residencies total)
·         Washington School District: 550 students – worked on Ceramic Sculptures
·         McGuffey School District:  75 students – worked on Japanese Watercolor Painting & Ceramic Sculptures (2 residencies)
·         Canon McMillan School District: 100 students – worked on Theatre Arts & Dance

·         IU#1 Clark Alternative School: 50 students {CTHES – Comprehensive Therapeutic and Emotional Support & Alternative Troubled students} – worked on Mural Painting