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Arts in the Classroom

Enriching education through exposure to the arts.

Actors in Myth's Busted play at Northview School

Arts and music programs for children and youth with disabilities provide enhanced self-esteem, increased social interaction, improved language skills and greater awareness of the arts. Students often uncover a skill or talent through the SEF Arts in the Classroom Program.

The Special Education Foundation believes that fine arts play an important role in the education of students with disabilities. Each year, the Foundation provides several opportunities to students served by the Special School District.

Examples of Foundation-sponsored programs are:

  • Deaf students throughout St. Louis County attend a play at the Repertory Theater
  • Ackerman School students attended performances from the St. Louis Repertory Theater’s Imaginary Theatre production of James and the Giant Peach and Metro Theater Company’s Maddi’s Fridge.
  • High school students from St. Louis County attend several performances from the Black Repertory Theater
  • Additional students take part in the services offered through Springboard to Learning and COCA
  • Litzsinger School students develop a holiday program with dance and songs that generate standing ovations
  • Numerous students enjoy the Access the Arts Programs through Stages St. Louis Several students, and their families enjoy the Variety Club performance at the Blanche Touhill Performing Arts Center
  • Students and their families attend a performance from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

For more information, please contact the Foundation at info@sef-stl.org. Help SEF support our mission to bring more art, theater, and music performances to schools across the Special School District with a donation to the program.

From the Newsroom

The Special Education Foundation extends numerous opportunities to students served by the Special School District (SSD) through SEF Presents: Arts in the Classroom program.

SEF is able to support a broad spectrum of disciplines, including visual arts, music, theater, and dance through our Arts in the Classroom, Classroom Innovation Grants and Principal Grants programs.

2023 was a fantastic year as we helped nearly 6,000 students through our various programs. But there’s still so much more for us to do to help students succeed in and out of the classroom, and we’re excited about what’s ahead for us in 2024.

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