Evanston’s Martin Luther King Literary and Fine Arts School is one of 16 schools across the nation named Exemplary Arts Schools by the National Arts Schools Network.

King Arts was awarded this five-year designation (2018-2023) after submitting an application that evaluated the school’s purpose, operations and educational programs in support of every student.

About 160 schools nationwide are members of the organization.

“We are honored to receive this distinction,” says Principal Jeff Brown. “It validates all of the work we have done to make our Arts magnet mission a reality and it encourages us to continue growing and enhancing our programs.”

The Literary and Fine Arts focus of the school was formally adopted in 2011 by the District 65 School Board as a result of its strategic planning process.

While King Arts follows the standard District 65 curriculum, there is a special emphasis on integrating the arts across a wide spectrum of the curriculum, as well as promoting specific literary and fine arts activities.

A team from the school will travel to California in October to accept this award of excellence at the 2018 Arts Schools Network National Conference.

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