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Spring Branch ISD named a TAEA District of Distinction for outstanding Visual Arts program

A District of Distinction: Spring Branch ISD Visual Arts from SBISD on Vimeo.

For the second year in a row, Spring Branch ISD has been awarded the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) District of Distinction Award for its leadership in promoting visual arts within the district and the community. 

"It is an honor to receive this distinction,” said Houston Hayes, SBISD director of Performing and Fine Arts. “The commitment of our teachers and students is clear and I am happy that their efforts are being acknowledged. We are committed to having exceptional programs district-wide and to providing robust visual art experiences and opportunities to our students.” 

More than 1,200 districts were eligible to apply for the TAEA Visual Arts award and only 59 received the recognition, which marks only five percent of districts across the state. 

To be considered, SBISD submitted documentation showcasing excellence in providing a well-rounded education that advocates for and integrates visual arts curriculum. 

“I am proud of all our art teachers have accomplished,” said Sally Doyle, Visual Arts coordinator. “Their dedication to our students and art advocacy is astounding. I celebrate alongside them this wonderful award.” 

Programming documented for judging for the TAEA award of distinction included:

  • Administration and Supervision Conference session (Representative attends TAEA conference)
  • Art Teachers Membership
  • Collaboration with other disciplines (integrated lesson plans, cross-curricular units, etc.) 
  • Community service projects 
  • District exhibition 
  • Field trip experiences to museums, galleries and workshops 
  • Junior Visual Arts Scholastic (JVASE) 
  • Social media presence (promoting the visual arts) 
  • Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards Show 
  • Texas Big Art Day 
  • Texas Elementary Art Event (TEAM)
  • Visual Arts Advocacy (Advocacy articles promoting visual arts event) 
  • Visual Arts Scholastic (VASE) 
  • Youth Art Month Show (Capitol Show)

SBISD will be recognized in November during the TAEA conference. In addition, District Visual Art Coordinator Sally Doyle will also be honored during the conference as Outstanding Art Educator in Supervision/Administration for 2022. Click here to read a full description of the awards. Congratulations to these amazing educators!

Visit the SBISD Performing & Fine Arts website to learn more about district programming.