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Cultural Experience Project Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

Fifteen years have passed since the first group of students participated in the Cultural Experience Project (CEP). Fifteen years since the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and its partner, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) committed themselves to the serve each student: One Grade. One Venue. Guaranteed.

Over the years, the program has enjoyed much success. We have served over 52,000 students and raised almost 6 million dollars from a host of funders—individuals as well as corporate and private organizations and foundations. And, the Metro-Area’s cultural venues have supported our efforts every step of the way—providing experiences rich with opportunities to learn and to have fun.

As we kick off the new year, and celebrate this important CEP milestone, we reflect on the impact the experiences have had on APS students, teachers and chaperones, alike. We are grateful for the generosity of donors and funders, and we appreciate the commitment cultural venue staff demonstrate through the thoughtful and mind-expanding curricula they create.

During this 15th-anniversary year, we will highlight moments from the program’s past. We also will keep an eye to the future—thinking carefully about how to strengthen and expand the work we started—ensuring that each APS student continues to have yearly cultural experiences during his or her tenure with Atlanta Public Schools.

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.

 

2019-2020 Grade Level Experiences

Pre-K 

Children’s Museum

Kindergarten 

Atlanta Botanical Garden

1st Grade

Chattahoochee Nature Center

2nd Grade

Atlanta Ballet

3rd Grade

 Atlanta History Center

4th Grade 

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

5th Grade

The High Museum of Art

6th Grade 

Alliance Theatre

7th Grade 

Arts Bridge

8th Grade 

National Center for Civil & Human Rights         

High School 1

Apex Museum

High School 2

Atlanta Opera

High School 3 

Atlanta Shakespeare Company

High School 4

Ballethenic

High School 5

Carter Library and Museum

High School 6

Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour

High School 7

College Football Hall of Fame

High School 8

David J. Sencer CDC Museum

High School 9

Georgia Aquarium

High School 10

Giwayen Mata

High School 11

Hammond House

High School 12

King Center

High School 13

Museum of Design Atlanta

High School 14

Moving In the Spirit

High School 15

Oakland Cemetery

High School 16

Rialto Center for the Arts ( Alvin Ailey)

High School 17

Theatrical Outfit

High School 18

Threepeat Teach

High School 19

True Colors Theatre Company

High School 20

ZuCot Gallery

Study Guides and Resources

Pre-K

Study Guide – Children’s Museum

Things to Know, Before You Go – Children’s Museum

Kindergarten

Study Guide – Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Things To Know, Before You Go – Atlanta Botanical Gardens

1st Grade

Study Guide – Chattahoochee Nature Center

Things To Know, Before You Go – Chattahoochee Nature Center

2nd Grade

Study Guide – Atlanta Ballet

Things To Know, Before You Go – Atlanta Ballet

3rd Grade

Study Guide Atlanta History Center

The Slaves Dream Poem

Emancipation Proclamation Pre-Visit

Student Quiz

Things To Know Before You Go – Atlanta History Center

8th Grade

Study Guide – National Center for Civil & Human Rights

Things To Know, Before You Go – National Center for Civil & Human Rights

Study Guide – ZuCot Gallery

Things To Know, Before You Go – ZuCot Gallery

High School Trips

Apex Museum

Study Guide – Apex Museum

Stories and Lessons They Teach

Things To Know, Before You Go – Apex Museum

Atlanta Opera

Study Guide/Things To Know, Before You Go

Carter  Library & Museum

Study Guide – Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Things To Know, Before You Go – Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour

 

 

Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

Study Guide – College Football Hall of Fame

Things To Know, Before You Go – College Football Hall of Fame

David J. Sencer CDC Museum

Study Guide/Things to Know, Before You Go –  David J Sencer CDC Museum

Georgia Aquarium 

Teacher Guide – Georgia Aquarium

Student Guide – Georgia Aquarium

Things To Know, Before You Go – Georgia Aquarium

Giwayen Mata

 Study Guide – Giwayen Mata

Things to Know Before You Go – Study Guide

King Center

Study Guide e-Visit Assignment – The King Center

Things To Know, Before You Go – The King Center

Oakland Cemetery

Study Guide – High Museum – Historic Oakland Cemetery

Things To Know, Before You Go – Historic Oakland Cemetery

Rialto Center for the Arts

Study Guide – Rialto Center for the Arts

Things To Know, Before You Go – Rialto Center for the Arts

Theatrical Outfit

Study Guide – Theatrical Outfit

Things To Know, Before You Go – Theatrical Outfit

Threepeat Teach Production

Study Guide – Threepeat Teach Productions

Things To Know, Before You Go – Threepeat Teach Productions

True Colors Theatre Company

Study Guide – True Colors Theatre Company

Things To Know, Before You Go – True Colors Theatre Company

ZUCOT GALLERY

Study Guide – ZuCot Gallery

Things To Know, Before You Go – ZuCot Gallery