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Opening Minds through the Arts featured on Arizona Illustrated

Posted May 13, 2013

Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA)
uses instrumental music, opera, dance, theater and visual arts to help teach reading, writing, math and science to K-8 students. Each fully implimented OMA school has an arts integration specialist and a team of seven artists who work alongside classroom teachers, adapting each lesson to support teaching of core content and knowledge. In addition, children learn to play the recorder, violin, a wind instrument and keyboard. In Tucson, the OMA program employs 26 artists from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera Company, University of Arizona Schools of Music and Dance and other arts organizations to teach 30-minute, twice-weekly classes for 36 weeks of the school year that support core-curriculum goals.

In May 2013, OMA was highlighted on Arizona Illustrated.