Socorro ISD’s Fine Arts department has been named a recipient of the annual 2021 District of Distinction award selected by the Texas Arts Education Association.
“Socorro ISD has set a high standard for visual arts advocacy, integrated visual arts curriculum, encouraged creativity, community participation and student growth,” said Stacia Gower, Chair of the Administration and Supervision Division of TAEA.
“The past school year, educators faced a great many challenges associated with constantly changing guidelines and instruction procedures as well as participation in contest and visual art events. It is a true testament to our visual art educators’ skill, dedication, and flexibility that the quality of their programs continued strong and comprehensive.”
The prestigious award was given to only 40 school districts across the state out of 1,100 that were eligible to apply. This places SISD in the top four percent in art education among school districts in the state.
“I commend our extraordinary fine arts teachers and staff members for leading with their hearts to give all students an enriching and fulfilling experience in the arts,” said SISD Interim Superintendent Marta Carmona, M.Ed.
“This is evidently a direct result of everyone’s continued dedication to engage students with the arts.”
Socorro ISD officials share that they received the honor for providing a well-rounded education that advocates and integrates visual arts curriculum to inspire creativity and build social emotional learning that connects learners to their community and beyond.
“We could not be any prouder of our visual arts teachers who, despite all the challenges the pandemic presented last year, persevered and ensured all our scholars had the opportunity to showcase their artistic abilities,” said Armando Martinez, SISD director of fine arts.
Socorro ISD is the first district in El Paso County to be recognized as a TAEA District of Distinction recipient. The district will be honored at the annual TAEA conference in November.
TAEA is the leading advocate for the visual arts in the state. The organization has previously honored outstanding TAEA members for work in their classrooms and districts. This is the third year that TAEA is honoring districts that meet rigorous criteria as evidenced from data.