Round Rock ISD  has been named by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) as an inaugural District of Distinction for its Visual Arts Program. The award honors school districts that are leading the way in the visual arts and have displayed outstanding leadership in promoting the arts in their district and community.

“This recognition is a direct result of the high-quality work in visual arts education being done daily by our talented faculty with our students,” Tim Lowke, assistant director of visual and performing arts said.

For the 2019 award, more than 1,000 districts were eligible to apply. Only 20 districts, including Round Rock ISD, met the high standard and were named as a recipient of the honor indicating the program’s placement in the top 2 percent of district programs in the state.

To apply, the District’s Visual Arts program submitted examples of the program’s work in the areas of advocacy, community engagement, participation in programming, exhibitions, service by students to the community, Visual Arts Scholastic event work and other categories. In total, programs were assessed on 14 categories of performance.

“Round Rock ISD has set the standard for visual arts advocacy, integrated visual arts curriculum and creativity,” said Dr. Michaelann Kelley, chair of the administration and supervision division of TAEA. “This is a high honor. The award is a testament to the skill, perseverance, and vision for a well-rounded education for this winning school district.”