The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture is helping parents and teachers connect the arts to academic requirements. The A+ Initiative provides an arts-integrated approach to reinforcing the basic knowledge and skills children need to stay on grade level and enhance their academic learning.

Explore learning guides, art activities and lesson plans designed for parents and classroom teachers. Each activity helps children engage in learning by encouraging creativity to problem-solving to enforce critical thinking skills.

The activities in the learning guides are designed by local artists that can be completed with simple household supplies or objects found in nature and open outdoor spaces. For classroom teachers or home-school parents, the same activities are also presented as lesson plans that align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) as adopted by the State Board of Education for grades K-5. The activities integrate the arts into core subject areas: Science, Math, English, Language Arts and Reading, and Social Studies.

Parents and teachers are encouraged to submit photographs of student A+ artwork to be included in The Alliance’s online art gallery.