As a department of the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC), the ArtsSmart Institute is a catalyst for campus improvement for communities, school districts and teacher training programs in the Texarkana region and beyond.


ArtsSmart’s mission is "to grow educational excellence through the arts."


The ArtsSmart Institute is a nationally recognized research institute investigating best practices for professional development to produce teachers interested in, willing to and effective at using the arts to teach curricular objectives thereby allowing students to reach their greatest academic potential.  

We value…

  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Authentic Arts Experiences
  • Academic Excellence
  • Connective Teaching
  • Critical Thinking Skills


 At the ArtsSmart Institute, we believe…

…teacher growth is only possible if supported by school and  community leadership.

…teacher growth is impacted by deep and meaningful collaboration between the artist and teacher.

…teachers become inspired to effectively utilize the arts to engage students through the passion and expertise of the professional artist.

…we can help more students achieve academic excellence only if we affect teaching philosophy and instructional strategies.



Grow Smart with the Arts

Available on Institution Site

  • Artist Consultancies
  • Campus Performances
  • Teacher Workshops
  • Summer Staff Development
  • Teacher/Department Planning Sessions


Activities Available to all Educators

  • After School & Saturday Teacher Workshops, Summer Staff Development
  • Perot Theatre Student Shows
  • Performance and Exhibit Opportunities for Students and Teachers
  • Annual Best Practices Forum: On Achieving Educational Excellence Through the Arts.
  • Educational Tours
  • Artist Training
  • Fine Arts Specialists Training

The ArtsSmart Institute for Learning is a program of the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council, Inc.  It is made possible in part by grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Arkansas Arts Council - an Agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts, the generosity of TRAHC Members, Individual and Business Partners, and by the commitment to educational excellence made by members of the Boards of Trustees of participating campuses.
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