WISD named “District of Distinction” for visual arts for second consecutive year
Waco ISD is one of 42 districts statewide to be included on the Texas Art Education Association’s 2020–2021 list
For the second year in a row, the Texas Art Education Association has named Waco ISD as a “District of Distinction” for the visual arts. After a rigorous application process which evaluated instruction in the visual arts, extracurricular opportunities and community service, just 42 districts were selected from over 1,000 eligible districts for the 2020–21 list.
“I am incredibly proud of each and every one of my art teachers for making this honor happen,” Waco ISD Director of Fine Arts Larry Carpenter said. “They’ve continued to partner with community organizations, like Creative Waco, to help students showcase their talents within the community such as participating in the recent city-wide #wacosafe mask mural project. Our students are fortunate to have an amazing group of dedicated art teachers in their lives who make art a reality for them every day.”
The recognition caps off an impressive 2019-2020 school year for Waco ISD’s visual arts program.
In February, students from 11 Waco ISD elementary schools competed in the Region 12 Texas Elementary Art Meet (TEAM). Waco ISD submitted the highest number of entries at the regional level and earned a total of 60 gold medals. Also, six Waco ISD students earned the designation of “Top of the TEAM,” the TEAM equivalent to qualifying for state, given to works in the top 10% of entries submitted.
Also, that month, students from University High and Waco High competed in the Region 12 Visual Arts Scholastic Events with four University High students and four Waco High students qualifying to advance to the state competition.
“It’s a true testament to the high caliber of our fine arts staff to have received this honor two years in a row,” Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said. “Our visual arts teachers have continued to provide students with opportunities to showcase their talents and creativity not only in the classroom but throughout our community.”