Transforming the Educational Experience for Every Child

The Creative Learning Initiative works to increase access to the arts and ensure all students benefit from creative learning – in school and out of school. Leaders from across our community, led by MINDPOP, Austin ISD, the City of Austin and a 100+ arts organizations, we formed a collective impact partnership to make certain our efforts were comprehensive and sustainable.

By working together, we are increasing K-12 students access to learning music, dance, drama, visual arts, and the digital arts during school time. Austin ISD’s strong Secondary arts programs in all arts form and its strong elementary programs in music and visual arts provided the foundation for adding opportunities for dance, drama and digital arts at the elementary level. We’ve made great strides to make certain that all participating campuses provide these opportunities to all their students – not just select students in select campuses.

 All teachers in the Creative Learning Initiative, regardless of the grade or subject they teach, learn of set of research-based instructional strategies that promote student engagement and improve student achievement. The professional development, created by MINDPOP, Drama for Schools, Forklift Danceworks, Contemporary Austin and individual master teachers, focuses on how, when and why to use these strategies across the curriculum and within the lesson cycle.

Arts organizations and teaching artists are active partners in providing students diverse arts experiences and powerful learning opportunities in schools and across the community. Whether providing a field trip or a long-term residency that allow students to create art guided by a professional artist. These school and arts partnerships expand the opportunities for students and connect them to their community in unique and powerful ways. 

Arts organizations also spend professional development time aligning their programs to the needs of Austin ISD as well as constantly sharpening their instructional skills to best serve our young people.

The Parks and Recreation Department has committed to making certain their instructors also learn the creative teaching strategies AISD classroom teachers learn so that students out of school learning experiences are meaningful and engaging.

These efforts, combined with many others, represent the ways our city has created a movement to make certain all our students have access to the arts and the benefits of creative learning. Our students deserve it – and together we can make it a reality. 


Number of Students Served
46,701