Immediately before the start of the May 5 meeting of Woodruff Arts Center‘s Board of Trustees, President/CEO Joe Bankoff and Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Woodruff Arts Center and APS to plan and create the Atlanta Studio Conservatory. The Woodruff and its divisions and APS have worked together for many years to further arts in education, including field trips, APS summer camps on the Woodruff campus and Center artists in the classrooms. The memorandum builds on this relationship with the commitment to develop a Studio Conservatory where Atlanta’s most talented 9th-12th grade students can prepare for the next step in a professional career as an artist, or where tomorrow’s cultural leaders can trail blaze new creative frontiers and pioneer original 21st century opportunities.
“Education in and through the arts is one of the primary objectives of our Master Plan for the future of the Woodruff Arts Center,” Bankhoff said. “Working with the Atlanta Public Schools to plan the Atlanta Studio Conservatory project will create lasting partnerships with APS and train a new generation of artists to contribute to the Atlanta community.”