Strengthening arts teaching and learning through community-based partnerships



The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA), is a department under the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga that creates bridges between:

  • The Department of Art and the Department of Performing Arts with the School of Education.
  • UTC students, faculty, and staff with arts-based and interdisciplinary research, creative activity, and experiential learning opportunities in PreK-12 schools and professional training.
  • Our surrounding community with professional learning resources in arts education, arts integration, STEAM, early learning through the ARTS, and project-based learning.
  • Content developed through our Arts Learning Labs (ALL) with all teachers from all schools.

Our Goals:

  • To provide experiential professional learning opportunities in arts education for working teachers, teaching artists, and UTC’s pre-service teachers.
  • To advocate for a connected curriculum that targets deeper understanding in and through the arts.
  • To facilitate the growth of a network of educators and artists committed to high quality arts education for all learners.



Photos taken by Alex McMahan Photography.