Opening Minds Through the Arts at Robins K-8
Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA) at Robins K-8
Inspired by exciting, ongoing research into connections between brain development and the arts, Tucson’s Opening Minds through the Arts is a leader in a national movement to integrate arts education with the core curriculum. OMA uses instrumental music, opera, dance, theater, and visual arts to help teach reading, writing, math, and science to children in kindergarten through 8th grade. Each fully implemented OMA school has an Arts Integration Specialist and a team of teaching artists who work alongside classroom teachers throughout the year, creating each lesson to support teaching of core skills. OMA helps foster cognitive development, encourages self-expression, and creates an engaging, learning atmosphere, in addition to improving test scores. OMA is a homegrown program of TUSD and is fully implemented at Robins K-8, making Robins an OMA Gold School.
At Robins, students are engaged in the arts beginning in kindergarten. All students participate in weekly OMA lessons with our Arts integrated Specialist (AIS). Our AIS integrates the curriculum into varying art forms including, music, theater, painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics. In addition to these weekly lessons taught by our AIS, each grade level collaborates with a team of artists who integrate their art form into the grade level curriculum.