michelle__obama_web.jpgThe Broward County Cultural Division recently re-launched its online Arts Education Directory – a listing of high-quality art programs presented by professional art educators.

The directory is among the free services offered by the county and it presents interactive learning-experiences for youth, teens, adults, seniors and people with special needs.

It takes its cue from First Lady ­, as quoted by Americans for the Arts:  “Learning through the arts reinforces critical academic skills in reading, language arts and math and provides students with the skills to creatively solve problems.”

Those learning experiences, the cultural division says, include teaching, professional development, performances, workshops and exhibitions that may be offered to schools or community organizations.

Members of the directory team working with youth in grades K-12 are also required to integrate Florida’s academic standards into any services they offer targeting this group.

Additionally, team members can enjoy benefits through the division’s partnerships with the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, the School Board of Broward County, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Cultural Foundation of Broward, the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program and the South Florida Cultural Consortium.

“These partnerships stren-gthen the Cultural Division’s ability to service the community, and build its capacity to facilitate job opportunities and professional development and training for members of the Arts Education Directory,” a statement from the county said.

To be included in the directory, applicants are required to meet certain criteria and complete a comprehensive application that is reviewed and scored by a selection panel of Broward Cultural Council’s Arts Education Committee.

For more information or if you are interested in applying to be included in the directory, call Grace Kewl-Durfey at 954-357-7869. For more information on the division, visit www.broward.org/arts and click on the “Arts Education” button.

Photo: Michelle Obama