Sarasota's Booker Middle named one of the state's best arts schools

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SARASOTA, FL- Arts Education lives strong in the heart of Booker Middle School, whose exemplary arts programs made it one of the best public schools for the arts in the state.

The Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) recognized seven Florida public schools as Arts Achieve! Model Schools: Booker Middle School, Osceola County School for the Arts, Ronald McNair Magnet Middle School, Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, South Miami Middle Community School Center for the Arts, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and North Ft. Myers Academy of the Arts.

“Excellence in Arts Education is still very much a vital goal of the Florida Department of Education,” said Caroll Vick, Executive Director of FAAE. “Through the Arts Achieve! program, we’re ensuring that schools who have made a commitment to providing the highest quality arts programs for their students not only receive the recognition they deserve, but also receive the support they need in order to share the models for their success with schools that want to improve.”

Teams of school administrators and teachers from each of the Arts Achieve! Model Schools have been presented with full-conference scholarships to FAAE’s annual Leadership Summit in Orlando to further strengthen their engagement with Arts education best practices and help them connect with other arts educators and administrators from around the state. The winning schools will also be presented with their Arts Achieve! award at the Leadership Summit during a special luncheon in their honor on Friday, June 20.

“The spirit of this year’s conference is to celebrate the real potential arts students have for fruitful and fulfilling arts careers,” said Vick. “Artists aren’t starving; they’re finding homes for their creative minds in all sectors of the job market, including science, technology, engineering, and math. We praise Arts Achieve! Model Schools because their programs are preparing them for this new future in Arts careers.”