JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Arts education in Duval County schools, is getting a huge boost from a big name.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has chosen Jacksonville as the 14th site for a program that creates a long-range arts education plan for students in grades K through 8th.
The program will combine the resources of the Duval County Public Schools, local arts organizations and the Kennedy Center to create an arts education plan unique to Jacksonville.
"We've obviously seen a dramatic decrease in funding in music and art type programs and going into this school year, we've ramped up the funding for music and art," said Duval Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.
The first task for Kennedy Center staff is a review of arts education in the school system. Consultants will identify any gaps of art education in the schools and develop a plan bring more arts access for Jacksonville students.