Congressman Alan Lowenthal Announces $2 Million Federal Grant Promoting Arts & STEM Education in Long Beach Schools

October 29, 2014
On October 29, Congressman Alan Lowenthal joined Long Beach Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jill Baker and Barton Elementary School Principal Richard Littlejohn on the Barton campus in Long Beach to announce a new $2 million U.S. Department of Education grant to promote arts, science, and math education to students in the Long Beach Unified School District.

The grant was awarded to Signal Hill-based Dramatic Results, a non-profit education agency that specializes in curriculum that integrates art into other core academic subjects meeting California content standards and the needs of a diverse student population.  The group's purpose is to improve students' academic performance in math via the power of art. This is the fourth time Dramatic Results has been awarded the Department of Education's ‘Art in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant,' (AEMDD) which provides funding to raise elementary school students science, technology, engineering, art and math skills.  The AEMDD Grant, first awarded in 2002, has proven to significantly increase math scores in students benefiting from the funded programs.

"As we continue to shift from the Industrial Age into the Information Age, STEM education will only become more important. To remain competitive in the Information Age, we must continue to encourage, support, and promote STEM education. But we must also recognize that to be successful in STEM fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts. This is why the innovative approach taken by Dramatic Results using the arts to reinforce and expand STEM education is so important for our students," Congressman Lowenthal said.