Charlottesville City Schools views the arts as essential for the complete education of every child. In Charlottesville, the arts have never been viewed as “frills” but as an indispensable part of our culture and history, a heritage to be shared by all. This philosophy is embraced by the school board, the administration, and the community at large.
Students in Charlottesville City Schools participate in the arts in a number of ways. Field trips to live performances, school visits from guest artists, and in-school and after-school instruction are important to us. As a result, our students perform and create at the highest levels, routinely receiving superior evaluations, regional and national honors, and international invitations to perform.
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Aaron Eichorst, Fine Arts Coordinator
The schools take advantage of the rich resources in our area, including area artists and nonprofits such as the McGuffey Art Center and Second Street Gallery, whose exhibiting and member artists often visit art classrooms. Charlottesville Symphony provides an annual Youth Symphony concert at UVA’s Old Cabell Hall for CCS students, while the Tuesday Evening Concert series provides children's concerts featuring world renowned musicians at the MLK Performing Arts Center. Additionally, the Wednesday Music Club offers small group tutoring for beginning instrumentalists, and students often attend educational performances that are connected to Virginia’s SOL’s at Charlottesville’s historic Paramount Theatre.