District 1 superintendent receives award for arts education
CAMPOBELLO — Spartanburg County District 1 Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ron Garner, recently received the Thomas A. Hatfield Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award is presented by the South Carolina Art Education Association and is awarded to someone who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to teaching and promoting arts education.
Since Garner was superintendent, 6 of the 10 schools in District 1 have been designated as Arts in Basic Curriculum and 4 have been designated as Distinguished Arts program sites.
District 1 officials said Spartanburg One has added several arts specialists in music, orchestra, theater, orchestra, visual arts, and GT arts and dance.
Student artwork is recognized throughout the school system in major art galleries as well as at the Swofford Career Center.
Chapman and Landrum High Schools have developed specialized courses in the performing arts in choir, orchestra and orchestra.
District One also has partnerships with national and local arts organizations, including Kennedy Center Partners in Education, Ballet Spartanburg, Chapman Cultural Center, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Spartanburg Community Foundation, Polk County Community Foundation, and Peace. Center for programs.
Dr. Garner was also the 2013 South Carolina Art Education Association Art Advocate of the Year and the 2016 recipient of the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education Ray Doughty Arts Integration Award.