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BCS Believes in the Arts
BCS Believes in the Arts
Posted on 09/11/2018
An A.C. Reynolds High School student brushes paint onto a piece of paper.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Your local public schools have wonderful, dedicated art teachers who aim to spark the creative spirit in every student!

“Art gives students an external reality to something they feel inside,” said Lissa Pedersen, art teacher at Leicester Elementary School and 2019 Erwin District Teacher of the Year. “I see students holding up their art and talking to their friends about it. They’re not just showing off. They’re engaging in the world of meaning-making through a visual process.”

It’s National Arts in Education Week, and at Buncombe County Schools (BCS) we’re proud to offer enriching arts classes at all grade levels. Students in Buncombe County Schools have the opportunity to be a part of a large musical production, master an instrument, sing in competitions, take AP visual art courses, learn design techniques, and much more.

The breadth we offer is possible because of the size of our school district, said BCS Arts Education Curriculum Specialist Laura Mitchell.

A Cane Creek Middle School student practices the violin. “We attract educators from across our state and country, providing top quality instruction,” she said. “Our educators are professional musicians, artists, actors, and dancers who not only are highly qualified teachers in their field, but that are a part of our artistic community here in Asheville.”

An arts-based education is a vital component in any student's educational foundations, said Mary Briden, who teaches studio arts classes at A.C. Reynolds High School.

"Arts teachers benefit students in so many ways, whether encouraging higher-order thinking skills through project-based learning, creative problem solving ability that translates to any discipline, or the building a student's social/emotional foundation," she said.

Studies have shown that students involved in the arts are better prepared for society by being better communicators, more empathetic, creative problem solvers, and having more global awareness and understanding, Mitchell said.

“The arts aren’t just something extra,” she said. “They’re part of a well-balanced education and are essential in society, our schools, and our world.”

BCS’ commitment to arts education has led us to a growing partnership with LEAF Schools & Streets to provide sustainable and robust arts-based professional development for teachers and more arts education opportunities for our students. Earlier this year the partnership became one of just seven teams in the nation selected to join the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Partners in Education. This honor gives us access to an immense, national collection of resources, teaching artists, and professional development opportunities.


Below are just a few of our upcoming artistic events.

Oct. 11, 2018: BCS Showcase of the Bands
(at T.C. Roberson High School)
All middle school and high school marching bands will perform, with BCS Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin conducting the National Anthem

Oct. 15, 2018: K-6 Music and Art Professional Development Day for teachers on Arts Integration with a Global Perspective

Nov. 5-6, 2018: All-County High School Chorus Clinic
(At First Baptist Church, Asheville)

Nov. 14, 2018: BCS Portfolio Day for Visual Artists to share their portfolios with college and university professors for critique and feedback

Nov. 26-27, 2018: All-County Middle and High School Band Clinic
(At Brookstone Church)

February, 2019: Scholastic Art Award Ceremony and Awards
(at Asheville Art Museum)

February 25-26, 2019: All County-Elem/Int/Middle MS Chorus Clinic
(At Brookstone Church)

March 20, 2018: Asheville Symphony Young People’s Concert,
(At Thomas Wolfe Auditorium)

April 25-26, 2019: All-County Middle and High School Strings Clinic
(At Clyde A. Erwin High School)

March-April: All-County Visual Art Show K-12
(At Asheville Mall)

An A.C. Reynolds High School student looks at his piece of art.Three A.C. Reynolds High School students look at their pieces of art.

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin,, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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