The May 2012 issue of Nashville Arts Magazine profiled the exciting activity that is going on at Hillwood High School‘s Academy of Art, Design, and Communications. Coby Ginsburg, a team leader in the Academy, writes about how students are pursuing their interests in the arts in a collaborative environment while also supporting the extracurricular events at the school. Whether designing the tickets for the school prom, creating the student-produced weekly newscast Topper News, or managing the student-run art gallery, Hillwood students are becoming part of the Nashville art community.
The story on Hillwood’s Academy of Art, Design, and Communications is part of Nashville Arts Magazine’s new section on art education, ArtSmart. Supported by the Ayers Foundation and FirstBank, ArtSmart aims to promote news about art education in Nashville and put parents, teachers, and students in touch with opportunities for art education and enrichment in the Middle Tennessee community. To introduce the new feature of the print magazine and Web site, Deborah Walden writes:
Inspiring teachers, revolutionary new programs, and passionate community members make Nashville the perfect place for art and education to come together. Our hope is that this section creates a dialogue about the role of art in our culture and that it shines a light on programs in Music City that might influence cities around the world.
The Academies of Nashville depend on the tremendous talent and creativity of the Nashville art community to enrich the programs in our schools and connect our students with the artistic work happening here in Middle Tennessee. Students at Hillwood’s Academy of Art, Design, and Communications are gaining real-world experience by working with dedicated community partners such as Nashville Education and Community Art Television and the Parthenon.