The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) announced that Del Valle ISD is among the 42 winners of the 2020 District of Distinction Award. Districts received the honor by providing a well-rounded education that advocates and integrates visual arts curriculum to inspire creativity and reach all different learners.

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. The TAEA “Districts of Distinction” program is in its second year. It honors districts that meet rigorous criteria, as evidenced by data.

For the 2020 award, more than 1,000 districts were eligible to apply. Each district submitted documentation for a 12-point rubric with data from the 2019-2020 school year, with the top 4 percent of the state’s districts earning the distinction.

Del Valle ISD provides robust arts education experiences to all students Pre-K through 12th grade. Highly qualified visual arts teachers collaborate with teachers in other content areas and across the school to provide meaningful, content-rich experiences for our students. In addition to engaging in the art-making process, Del Valle ISD students have the opportunity to participate in local, regional, and state contests, service learning opportunities, workshops with professional artists, and many more. During the 2019-2020 school year, Del Valle ISD students’ created a mural at W’ALL Austin, participated in Texas Big Art Day, visited various museums and galleries, and received recognition at the State Visual Art Scholastic Event.

“Del Valle ISD has set a high standard for visual arts advocacy, integrated visual arts curriculum, encouraged creativity and community participation,” said Stacia Gower, Chair of the Administration and Supervision Division of TAEA. “With the challenges educators faced this past school year, it is a true testament to their skill, dedication, and flexibility that the quality of their programs continued strong and comprehensive.”

TAEA will honor the 42 districts, including Del Valle ISD, at the TAEA Administration & Supervision Division meeting as part of the TAEA Conference on November 21, 2020. This year’s event is virtual.

Artwork on wall of school with I heart Art message. Students sitting on floor of art gallery. Colorful artwork hanging on walls. Rainbow artwork of faces hanging on wall.