SCEA Timeline

The following timeline chronicles when major SCEA events were established and when changes took place.


  • Founding of visual art institute with a grant from Getty Center for Education in the Arts
  • Founding of music and theatre institutes with a grant from Lyndhurst Foundation
  • Creation of Lyndhurst Chair of Excellence in Arts Education
  • Hiring of music, theatre, and visual art directors and support staff
  • Collaboration with Hunter Museum of American Art to create poster reproductions


  • Establishment of district consortium for planning with contacts from participating school districts
  • Awarding of competitive grants to teachers and schools for innovative projects
  • First three-week summer institutes in music, theatre, and visual art
  • First follow-up site visits to participating schools
  • First one-day fall and spring renewal workshops


  • First two-day summer administrators institute
  • First one-week summer renewal institutes in music, theatre, and visual art
  • First SCEA video
  • Development of a culminating DBAE course at UTC as part of a 12-hour sequence for elementary education majors


  • Hiring of first executive director
  • First artists training workshop for Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga
  • First Centerpoint newsletter


  • First collaborative programming for summer one-week renewal institutes in music, theatre, and visual art
  • Participating schools required to submit and update five-year long-range plans
  • First music docent program for Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association Guild and Cleveland Symphony Guild
  • Consultation on building design and education program for Creative Discovery Museum


  • New York City excursion for Chattanooga teachers
  • Condensation of three-week summer institutes in music, theatre, and visual art to two weeks
  • Founding of first satellite institute in Savannah
  • Invitational strategic planning meetings for visual art and theatre
  • Establishment of endowment fund with challenge grant from National Endowment for the Arts


  • Invitational strategic planning meeting in music
  • Invitational conference on discipline-based music education
  • Theatre docent project with Chattanooga Theatre Centre and Arts & Education Council
  • Cultural Olympiad Regional Designation Award


  • First SCEA website
  • Founding of second and third satellite institutes in Atlanta and Montgomery
  • Writing of DBAE frameworks for dance, music, theatre, visual art, and multi-arts
  • Invitational conference on discipline-based theatre education
  • First summer multi-arts institute with participants rotating through music, theatre, and visual art sessions
  • Invitational discipline-based arts education theory development symposium in Park City, Utah
  • National Endowment for the Arts grant for poster reproductions of works from Hunter Museum of American Art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Telfair Museum of Art
  • Association with National Arts Education Consortium to conduct five-year Annenberg/ Getty Transforming Education Through the Art Challenge (TETAC) research project


  • Hiring of second executive director
  • Selection of six regional TETAC partner schools
  • First TETAC leadership academy
  • Founding of fourth satellite institute in New Orleans
  • First catalog of instructional materials
  • Children's Theatre Foundation of America Medallion award


  • Development of first CD-ROM for Aires 12: Mission to Mars unit of study


  • Development of Transcendent Voices: The Work of Artists in Isolation unit to prepare for Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time at UTC Contemporary Music Symposium


  • Think tank on theatre teacher education in collaboration with American Alliance for Theatre and Education
  • Condensation of two-week summer music, theatre, and visual art institutes to one week and addition of first dance institute
  • Distance learning theatre education course with University of Texas at Austin
  • Second SCEA video
  • Development of television series The Arts In Every Classrooom for the Annenberg/CPB Channel


  • Taping of television programs for A/CPB The Arts In Every Classroom series


  • Move to new offices at 723 McCallie
  • Launch of new expanded website
  • Focus on arts integration
  • Publication of Transforming Education Through the Arts Challenge Report


  • Tennessee Governor's Award for Arts Leadership
  • Three one-week summer workshops on Arts Integration in the Elementary and Middle Classroom
  • Beginning of Arts Integration course for UTC education majors
  • Development of A/CPB Connecting With the Arts television series and website


  • Two one-week summer workshops on Arts Integration and Arts Exploration
  • Year-long professional development onsite in Covington, TN for faculty of Covington Integrated Art Academy
  • Development of A/CPB The Art of Teaching the Arts television series and website


  • Arts Integration & Reading Workshop in Chattanooga; Macon, GA; and Albany, GA
  • Arts Exploration Workshop in Chattanooga
  • Year-long professional development and mentoring onsite in Macon, GA for faculties of Vineville Academy of the Arts, Miller Magnet Middle School, and Central High School

• Presentations at Tennessee Arts Commission's Arts Education Summit Conference
• One-week Arts Exploration & Integration Workshop
• On-site arts integration workshops at Stonebridge Academy in Fayetteville, TN and Grasslan
Middle School in Franklin, TN
• Hiring of first director of dance education


  • Collaboration with United Way's Project Ready for School
  • Consultant to Arts Education Partnership for Ford Foundation's Integrating the Arts and Education Reform Initiative
  • American Orff Schulwerk Association Level I Certification course developed and taught at Lee University in Cleveland, TN
  • SCEA's definition of arts integration included in Arts Integration Frameworks, Research and Practice A Literature Review
  • SCEA profiled in Dana Foundation's book Transforming Arts Teaching: The Role of Higher Education
  • Development of proposal for Trinidad & Tobago Centre for Arts Education and Integration


  • Beginning of long-term professional development and mentoring onsite in Wilson, NC for faculty of
  • Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts & Education
  • Year-long professional development and mentoring onsite in Jefferson Parish, New Orleans for faculties of Clancy Elementary School and Lincoln Elementary School
  • SCEA profiled in online Designing the Arts Learning Community: A Handbook for K-12 Professional Development Planners
  • Launch of third website
  • Arts & Education Forum: The Role of Professional Development in Facilitating the Practice of Arts Integratio



  • Arts & Education Forum: Arts Integration and Teacher Change
  • Hiring of fourth director of theatre education
  • Strategic Planning and Communications Initiative


  • Collaboration with Hunter Museum on Integrating the Arts in Physican Training Program for UTC College of Medicine
  • Hiring of second director of dance education
  • Arts & Education Forum: Arts @ the Core of 21st Century Learning
  • Beginning of long-term professional development and mentoring onsite for faculty of Mt. Pleasant Middle School of the Visual & Performing Arts in Mt. Pleasant, TN
  • Supporting the Whole Child with Music and Dance workshop at the Creative Discovery Museum


  • Supporting the Whole Child with Music and Dance workshop at Hunter Museum of American Art
  • Partnership with United Way on Project Diabetesto evolve awareness and prevention of childhood diabetes through music, movement, and literacy in twelve area preschool centers
  • Arts & Education Forum: Aesthetic Learningscapes - Exploring Elegant Environments


  • Arts & Education Forum: Walking the Talk: Pathways to Quality Arts Integration
  • Lead local host for Arts Education Partnership Fall Forum: Arts Learning Without Borders