Arts in Schools



Attention art lovers!

We are excited to support the partnership between Edmond Public Schools and Fine Arts Institute of Edmond to help provide art programming in 3rd and 4th grade classrooms for all EPS elementary schools!  

The Art in Schools Program is innovative collaboration between the Fine Arts Institute and Edmond Public Schools developed to meet need for formal art education in elementary schools.  The program began in 2002 in three pilot schools and continues to grow as sustainable funding permits.   Before implementation of the program, students did not receive art classes until 5th grade.  With the program’s success, growth, and financial support, all elementary schools are receiving art education weekly.  Each 45 minute class is led by a professional Fine Arts Institute instructor with the goal of stimulating creativity, knowledge, self-discovery, communication and problem solving skills…all key elements to a successful, well rounded education.   Currently the program focuses on 3rd and 4th grade students, however all need and deserve art education.  Our long term goal is to provide all 1st– 4th grade students in Edmond with art education!

As the Edmond community continues to grow so does the need for additional funding sources. The average cost per student per year is $50, this is where you can make a difference.

By 2026, the EPS Foundation's goal is to raise $150,000 annually to sustain this program.

Just a few reasons Art in Schools is important:

  • Working in the arts helps learners to develop creative problem-solving skills.
  • Teaching through the arts can present difficult concepts visually, making them easier to understand.
  • Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.
  • Visual arts teach learners about color, layout, perspective, and balance: all techniques that are necessary in presentations (visual, digital) of academic work.
  • Arts experiences boost critical thinking, teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world.
  • A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts are more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair, or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.


The Edmond Public Schools Foundation is partnering with Edmond Public Schools and Fine Arts Institute of Edmond to provide arts in schools.  This program will provide arts curriculum for third and fourth grades at all EPS elementary schools. 

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