Advancing Arts Education

The Florida Department of Education supports a complete and comprehensive education that includes dance, music, theater, and visual arts for all Florida students. The Advancing Arts Education (AAE) program recognizes schools with underserved/emerging arts programs who desire to develop or enhance their programs. One school will be selected from each of the three regions of Florida: North, Central, and South. As an AAE School, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with an expert consultant(s) in the field of arts and arts integration techniques in developing a plan designed to develop or enhance an arts program in your school.

2019-2020 Designees

2019-20 Advancing Arts Education Recipients

 Deer Point Elementary School (Bay County)

Music Teacher Beth Ann Delmar, School Board Member Steve Moss, Art Teacher Ashley Williams, Administrator Michael Petty, Principal Becki Reeder, and FAAE Mentor Jennifer Jones and DPE Students.


Zolfo Springs Elementary School (Hardee County)

Superintendent (and retired Band Director!) Bob Shayman, Principal Tammy Pohl, Art Teacher (and music and garden clubs coordinator!) Laura Wells, Deputy Superintendent Todd Durden, and Assistant Principal Leigh LaJeunesse.


 Miramar High School (Broward County)

FAAE Mentor Dr. Tenaj Davis, Dance Now! Miami Dance Artist Benicka Grant, Principal Maria Formoso, Dance Teacher Renea Moss, and MHS Ballet Students.