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MSA Recognized as Florida Arts Model School

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Orlando, Fla. (April 14, 2015) – Arts Education lives strong in the heart of Manatee School For the Arts, whose exemplary arts programs made them one of the best public schools for the arts in the state.

The Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) recognized four Florida public schools as Florida Arts Model Schools: Manatee School For the Arts received the designation for outstanding programs in Music, Dance, Theater, and Visual Arts Education.

“Excellence in Arts Education is still very much a vital goal of the Florida Department of Education,” said Julie Hebert, Executive Director of FAAE. “Through the Florida Arts Model Schools program, we’re ensuring that schools who have made a commitment to providing the highest quality arts programs for their students not only receive the recognition they deserve, but also receive the support they need in order to share the models for their success with schools that want to improve.”

Teams of school administrators and teachers from each of the Florida Arts Model Schools have been presented with full-conference scholarships to FAAE’s annual Leadership Summit in Orlando, FL to further strengthen their engagement with Arts education best practices and help them connect with other arts educators and administrators from around the state. The winning schools will also be presented with their Florida Arts Model Schools Award at the Leadership Summit during a special luncheon in their honor on Friday, June 13th.

About Florida Arts Model Schools Program

The Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) evaluates and approves schools based on criteria development by the Florida Department of Education, FAAE and Florida’s professional service associations for dance, music, theater and visual art. Schools that meet this criteria are committed for a three-year period to assist FAAE, school officials, teachers and other interested persons in observing quality fine arts programs and make suggestions for program improvement. The selected schools receive public recognition at the annual FAAE Leadership Summit.


Florida Arts Model Schools offer exemplary arts programs, exemplary arts integration programs, exemplary instructional settings, outstanding community connections, or other factors that make them worth attention and visiting. These schools have agreed to open their doors to visitors who wish to enhance and/or affirm their arts education practices.