Mount Vernon AEMDD Partnership

IMG_5099The U.S. Department of Education awarded the Mount Vernon City School District, in partnership with ArtsWestchester, a four-year $1.2 million Arts-in-Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant to integrate standards-based arts education with core elementary school curricula in four elementary schools, grades first through sixth. The project focuses on using the arts to teach science, technology, engineering, math (STEM subjects), and English language arts.

Mount Vernon CSD and ArtsWestchester began implementing the project during the 2013-14 academic year in grades first through third at Grimes, Graham, Rebecca Turner (formerly Longfellow) and Edward Williams Elementary Schools.  Approximately 750 students are served each year. While this grant will conclude in 2017, arts and curriculum integration initiatives continue through ongoing Mount Vernon CSD and ArtsWestchester programs.

The following PowerPoint presentations provide an overview to each year of our AEMDD programs and initiatives. This program is also pleased to offer several sample lessons that can be reproduced in any classroom.

Click here for Year 1: 2013-2014
Click here for Year 2: 2014-2015


Highlights from the Year One – 2013-2014 program here.

  • Dance Theater of Harlem and Artist Ronnie Negro During Year 2:
    Click here to view.
  • Additional Mount Vernon CSD Arts Programming videos may be found here.

Highlights from Year Three – 2015-16


AEMDD exhibitions and performances an integral part of Parent Involvement DayJournal News, 02/14/17

AEMDD and “Every Student Succeeds” Act, The Journal News, 01/29/16

Announcement of Mount Vernon and ArtsWestchester’s Partnership, The Daily Voice, 01/10/15

Mount Vernon Grantee Sets the Scene for a Successful Project, Arts in Education Quarterly Newsletter – Issue 1, Vol 1: Starting Off Right, 12/22/2014

Mount Vernon schools expand arts program, The Journal News, 12/14/14

Images from one of our projects from the art room at Grimes Elementary School (Spring 2016) are featured on the Anyone Can Fly Foundation website. Click here to view.

Check back here for more updates and resources throughout the project, concluding in 2017.