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The Cultural Experience Project was launched during the 2005-2006 school year to afford every Atlanta Public School (APS) student from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to experience the city’s premier art and cultural venues. The City of Atlanta’s vision is for every student in APS to have minimally one onsite cultural experience at a cultural venue each year that directly ties to Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and curriculum goals. Teacher and student educational materials further the students understanding of arts and culture and compliment the age and grade level-appropriate experiences.

The idea is, “one grade, one venue, guaranteed”. Art or cultural venues agreed to provide a cultural experience for each APS grade level. The City of Atlanta envisions the opportunity for every student to experience the wealth of Atlanta’s cultural venues at no cost to the student.

The purpose and learning outcomes of the initiative are:

  • Further students understanding of art and culture
  • Increase students exposure and knowledge of art and cultural institutions
  • Enrich student’s education beyond the walls of the classroom and reinforce Georgia Performance Standards for core curriculum subjects (language arts, math, science, and social studies), visual arts, literary arts, and music.

 

In the News

“AN – Cultural Experience Project“, City of Atlanta – Channel 26, September 18, 2014

Cultural Experience Project – Full Story“, WAOK – AM Erica Walker, September 11, 2014

A Visit with Camille Russell Love – Cultural Affairs “, GNN Radio Network, September 4, 2014

The Cultural Experience Project” , CBS Atlanta “Better Mornings”, September 10, 2014

“City Cafe on Cultural Experience Project’s 10th Year”,  WABE-FM “City Café”, September 10, 2014

Cultural Experience Project offers free field trips to APS students“, Atlanta INtown, October 2013

People 2 People”,  WSB-TV (ABC), September 27, 2013

City of Atlanta Recognized Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. as Atlanta’s first BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honoree“, Press Release, City of Atlanta, September 18, 2013

Cultural Experience Project Kicks-off with APS and Partners“, Talk Up APS, September 12, 2013

“Cultural program is a trip for Atlanta students”, Atlanta Journal Constitution, September 10, 2013

ARTSpeak: Lena Carstens on the Cultural Experience Project“, Burnaway Magazine, September 10, 2013

Cultural Experience Project” City of Atlanta Channel 26, September 2013

Cultural Experience Project” Class Notes, WXIA Channel 11, September 2013

 

2017-2018 Grade Level Experiences

Pre-K Children’s Museum

Kindergarten Atlanta Botanical Garden

1st Grade Ballethnic Dance Company

2nd Grade Atlanta Ballet

3rd Grade Chattahoochee Nature Center

4th Grade Atlanta History Center

5th Grade Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

6th Grade Alliance Theatre

7th Grade Arts Bridge

8th Grade National Center for Civil and Human Rights

High School 1 APEX Museum

High School 2 Atlanta Opera

High School 3 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

High School 4 College Football Hall of Fame

High School 5 David J. Sencer CDC Museum

High School 6  Georgia Aquarium

High School 7  Giwayen Mata

High School 8 High Museum

High School 9 Historical Oakland Cemetery

High School 10 Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

High School 11  Rialto Center for the Arts

High School 12 Theatrical Outfit

High School 13 The King Center

High School 14  True Colors Theatre Company

High School 15 ZuCot Gallery

2017-2018 Study Guide and Materials

Pre-K
  1. Study Guide – Children’s Museum
  2. Things to Know, Before You Go – Children’s Museum

 

Kindergarten
  1. Study Guide – Atlanta Botanical Gardens
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – Atlanta Botanical Gardens

 

1st Grade
  1. Study Guide – Ballethnic Dance Company at Morehouse
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – Ballethnic Dance Company at Morehouse

 

2nd Grade
  1. Study Guide – Atlanta Ballet
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – Atlanta Ballet

 

3rd Grade
  1. Study Guide – Chattahoochee Nature Center
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – Chattahoochee Nature Center

 

4th Grade
  1. Study Guide for the Atlanta History Center – includes the following:
    1. The Slaves Dream Poem
    2. Emancipation Proclamation Pre-Visit
    3. Student Quiz
  2. Things To Know Before You Go – Atlanta History Center

 

5th Grade
  1. Study Guide – Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum

 

6th Grade
  1. Teacher Guide – Alliance Theatre
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – Alliance Theatre

 

7th Grade
  1. Study Guide – ArtsBridge
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – ArtsBridge

 

8th Grade
  1. Study Guide – National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – National Center for Civil and Human Rights

 

High School Trips

Apex Museum
  1. Study Guide – Apex Museum
  2. Stories and Lessons They Teach
  3. Things To Know, Before You Go – Apex Museum

 

Atlanta Opera
  1. Study Guide – Atlanta Opera
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – Atlanta Opera

 

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  1. Study Guide – Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

 

College Football Hall of Fame
  1. Study Guide – College Football Hall of Fame
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – College Football Hall of Fame

 

David J. Sencer CDC Museum
  1. Study Guide – David J. Sencer CDC Museum
  2. Study Guide – Picture Search Activity
  3. Things To Know, Before You Go – David J. Sencer CDC Museum

 

Georgia Aquarium
  1. Teacher Guide – Georgia Aquarium
  2. Student Guide – Georgia Aquarium
  3. Things To Know, Before You Go – Georgia Aquarium

 

Giwayen Mata
  1. Study Guide – Giwayen Mata
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – Giwayen Mata

 

High Museum
  1. Study Guide – High Museum
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – High Museum

 

Historical Oakland Cemetery
  1. Study Guide – Historical Oakland Cemetery
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – Historical Oakland Cemetery

 

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
  1. Study Guide – MODA
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – MODA

 

Rialto Center for the Arts
  1. Study Guide – Rialto Center for the Arts
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – Rialto Center for the Arts

 

Theatrical Outfit
  1. Study Guide – Theatrical Outfit
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – Theatrical Outfit

 

The King Center
  1. Pre-Visit Assignment – The King Center
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – The King Center

 

True Colors Theatre Company
  1. Study Guide – True Colors Theatre Company
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – True Colors Theatre Company

 

ZuCot Gallery
  1. Study Guide – ZuCot Gallery
  2. Things To Know, Before You Go – ZuCot Gallery

 

 

 

2014-2015 Grade Level Experiences

 

Pre-K  Children’s Museum

Kindergarten  Atlanta Botanical Garden

1st Grade  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 

2nd Grade  Atlanta Ballet

3rd Grade  Chattahoochee Nature Center

4th Grade  Ballethnic Dance Company

5th Grade  Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum

6th Grade  Alliance Theatre

7th Grade  High Museum of Art

8th Grade  Atlanta History Center

High School  1   Rialto Center for the Arts

High School  2   The Atlanta Opera

High School  3  Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center

High School 4   National Center for Civil and Human Rights

High School  5   Theatrical Outfit

High School  6   Museum of Design Atlanta

High School  7   David J. Sencer CDC Museum

High School  8   True Colors Theatre Company

2013-2014 Grade Level Experiences

 

Pre-K  ImagineIt! The Children’s Museum, High Museum of Art

Kindergarten  Atlanta Botanical Garden

1st Grade  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

2nd Grade  Atlanta Ballet

3rd Grade  Chattahoochee Nature Center

4th Grade  Ballethnic Dance Company

5th Grade  Atlanta Cyclorama

6th Grade  Alliance Theatre

7th Grade  Michael C. Carlos Museum

8th Grade  Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

9th Grade  High Museum of Art

10th Grade  Georgia Shakespeare

11th Grade  The Atlanta Opera

12th Grade  Rialto Center for the Arts

2012-2013 Grade Level Experiences

 

Pre-K  ImagineIt! The Children’s Museum

Kindergarten  Atlanta Botanical Garden

1st Grade  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra / Alliance Theatre / Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

2nd Grade  Atlanta Ballet

3rd Grade  Chattahoochee Nature Center

4th Grade  Ballethnic Dance Company

5th Grade  Atlanta Cyclorama

6th Grade  Alliance Theatre / Theatrical Outfit

7th Grade  Michael C. Carlos Museum

8th Grade  Theater of the Stars

9th Grade  High Museum of Art

10th Grade  Georgia Shakespeare

11th Grade  The Atlanta Opera

12th Grade  Rialto Center for the Arts

2011-2012 Grade Level Experiences

 

Pre-K  ImagineIt! The Children’s Museum

Kindergarten  Atlanta Botanical Garden

1st Grade  Center for Puppetry Arts

2nd Grade  Atlanta Ballet

3rd Grade  Chattahoochee Nature Center

4th Grade  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

5th Grade  Atlanta Cyclorama

6th Grade  Alliance Theatre

7th Grade  Michael C. Carlos Museum

8th Grade  Ballethnic Dance Company

9th Grade  High Museum of Art

10th Grade  Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

11th Grade  High Museum of Art

12th Grade  Rialto Center for the Arts