Irving Independent School District is thrilled to announce that it has been named a Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) District of Distinction.

Irving ISD received the honor for providing a well-rounded education that advocates and integrates visual arts curriculum to inspire creativity and builds social-emotional learning that connects learners to their community and beyond.

“This recognition is a true reflection of the dedication demonstrated daily by our students and teachers across each of our school’s various art programs,” says Superintendent of Schools Magda Hernandez. “At Irving ISD, we take pride in supporting the arts and promoting artistic expression. We look forward to continuing to encourage our students to explore and express their creativity for years to come.”

Irving ISD met or exceeded a rigorous 14-point rubric that examines a districts visual art program from participation in TAEA through membership, exhibitions, contests and community engagement in the visual arts through field experiences, community service and collaboration with other content areas

More than 1,200 districts were eligible to apply for this TAEA Visual Arts Award and just 68 districts received this outstanding honor. This signifies that Irving ISD is in the top 5.5 percent in art education of districts in the state of Texas!

TAEA is the leading advocate for the visual arts in the state. The organization has previously honored outstanding TAEA members for work in their classrooms and districts. This is the fifth year that TAEA is honoring districts that meet rigorous criteria as evidenced by data.

“Irving ISD has set a high standard for visual arts advocacy, integrated visual arts curriculum, encouraged creativity, community participation and student growth,” says Sandra Newton, Chair of the Visual Art Administrators of Texas, a division of TAEA, “It is a true testament to your visual art educators’ skill, dedication and flexibility that the quality of their programs continued to provide strong and comprehensive visual art educational experiences to students.”

The 68 districts, including Irving ISD, will be honored at the TAEA Administration & Supervision Division meeting and General Session during the TAEA Fall Conference General Assembly on Friday, November 17.