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Opening Minds through
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2025 E. Winsett
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 225-4900

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Opening Minds through the Arts

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Kathy Sisler
Borman K-8

As a young child, I also lived the life of a military child. My father was in the Air Force for 22 years and retired as a Chief Master Sargent. We moved many times, my father was deployed for 6 to 12 months at a time, and we lived very far from grandparents. Military life impacted me in many ways. As the principal of a school on a military base, I can take my childhood memories as a military child and use them to provide support to our students. I am a proud graduate of Palo Verde High School and the University of Arizona.


Borman K-8 OMA Gold
Our Borman K-8 community on DMAFB is overjoyed to be selected as the newest OMA Gold School in Tucson Unified. The OMA Gold Program will bring our students the opportunity to experience the fine arts in a significant way! We believe that the OMA Gold Program will provide our students the opportunity to grow in the arts and further their academic growth. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to blossom, while carrying on as military children.

Borman K-8 students face many challenges and demands as they experience life as military children. Not only are their parents serving our country, but also it is believed by all who serve that the children serve right beside them. Our students experience deployments, moving from one base to another, and being a support to their families. This can be tough on children, but programs such as OMA Gold provide needed support to help our children blossom.

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Inspired by exciting, ongoing research into connections between brain development and music, Tucson's Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA program) is a leader in a national movement to integrate arts education with core curriculum.

OMA uses instrumental music, opera, dance, theater and visual arts to help teach reading, writing, math and science to children in kindergarten through 8th grade. Each fully implemented 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.

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OMA brings the arts to Tucson Unified School District classrooms as a means of ...

  • Teaching core curriculum
  • Improving test scores
  • Fostering cognitive development
  • Igniting love and understanding of the arts
  • Narrowing the gap between less-privileged and more-privileged students
  • Building community
  • Encouraging self-expression
  • Supporting the arts

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OMA selected as Educational Partner with the Metropolitan Opera

OMA Selected as Educational Partner with the Metropolitan Opera (in PDF)

Arizona Joint Arts Conference

Arizona Joint Arts Conference flier (in PDF)

It's Time for Opera!


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