Bastrop ISD Performing Arts and Academic Connection (PAAC)

UT Trombone Choir performance at Del Valle High School

The Performing Arts and Academic Connection integrates live performances with the 8th and 11th grade Language Arts curriculum. (The program originally involved 10th grade students, but was revised to include 11th grade.) Bastrop ISD students attend two live performances, one in Bastrop and one at the University of Texas at Austin. Texas Performing Arts staff collaborates with Bastrop Language Arts teachers to create lessons that meet curricular objectives.

Goals:
-Expose students to high caliber arts presentations to increase cultural awareness
-Help students become more invested in their school experience and improve their overall academic performance, specifically in the area of Language Arts
-Provide firsthand experience on a university campus and interaction with university students

Performing Arts and Academic Connection Events

2013-2014 School Year
8th grade: Motionhouse Dance & UT Longhorn Singers
10th grade: Yamato Drummers of Japan & UT Longhorn Singers

2014-2015 School Year
8th grade: UT Mariachi Paredes & Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
11th & 12th grade: Sphinx Virtuosi & Austin Shakespeare

2015-2016 School Year
8th grade: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan & UT Cordova String Quartet
11th grade: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan (Frankenstein w/ UT Wind Ensemble canceled due to bad weather)

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