Program Highlights

Community Arts Partners

The CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet School is collaborating with community partners - The Bushnell Theatre, Hartford Stage, the Hartford Symphony, University of Hartford Fine Arts Programs and Charter Oak Cultural Center – to develop and enhance a developmentally appropriate, hands-on, inquiry based, arts infused curriculum. These organizations support the integration of arts into the daily curriculum and provide field studies at these locations and outreach in our classrooms. The CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet School keeps families informed of our partners’ offerings and how families can take advantage of their programs outside of school hours.

Direct Arts Instruction


All of our students, from PK 3 to 5th grade, receive instruction in all four of the arts concentrations, theatre, music, dance and art weekly.  Our dance core begins with pre-ballet and tap and is complimented by additional styles like jazz, world dance, and hip-hop.  Theatre and storytelling begin with our students in pre-k and evolves into improvisation and scene work for our older students.  In music, the concepts of rhythm and musicality are explored with our youngest students who express their learning through songs, games and movements.  This leads to our older students who become accomplished choral members, note readers and musicians.  Instrumental music begins in the 1st grade with Suzuki violin.  Students migrate to the string instrument that suits them and have the choice to switch to percussion or band instruments in the 4th grade.  Art is explored through various medium in two and three dimensions.  They learn about art masters and experiment with various styles and materials.