The Marcia P. Hoffman School of The Arts and Pinellas County Schools have been selected to participate in the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program.

The Partners in Education of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Program is based on the belief that teachers' professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people.

The Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program will enable Ruth Eckerd Hall to expand arts integration efforts to its partnership schools.

The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall is one of seven participants selected this year by the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program, along with other sites around the country including Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, The Hanover Theatre & Conservatory for the Performing Arts and Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University.

The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The primary purpose of these partnerships is to provide professional learning in the arts for teachers.

In 1992, this program was awarded the Association of Performing Arts Presenters' Dawson Award, which recognizes innovative and successful projects. The program is based on the belief that teachers' professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people.

The Kennedy Center's extensive experience with its local professional learning program, established in 1976, provides the basis for this national program.

The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall reaches more than 41,000 students annually and provides over 81,000 hours of high-caliber arts experiences that reaches students of all ages and abilities, on-site and throughout the community.