Resolve Honored with Growing Up Artfully Award for Excellence in Arts-in-Education (6/15/2011)
Ron Prator, Ph.D., Supervisor
of Quality Assurance/Resolve
For the last 10
years, Resolve Behavioral Health Services, in conjunction with Touchstone
Theatre, has offered a theater program for high school students. Over the
course of those ten years, the program has evolved from a simple theater
activity to a much more sophisticated “tool” for delivering an academic and
behavioral curriculum. The program has specifically-defined goals, procedures,
and methods to measure outcomes. The goals of the program are linked to a
number of Pennsylvania Academic Standards.
Locally, the Allentown Art Museum oversees the statewide Arts in Education
program. Representatives from the museum became aware of our program and asked
if we would accept a nomination for a Growing Up Artfully Award for
Excellence in Arts-in-Education. This award was being offered by the Lehigh
Valley Arts Council. Nominations were open to 23 school districts and the
Diocese of Allentown. We accepted the nomination and submitted all of the
We were named one of ten finalists (for 3 awards) and were invited to the
awards reception, which was held on April 14, 2011 at Penn State Lehigh Valley.
We won one of the awards and were given a specially-commissioned work by
woodturner Tom Buchner. After the reception, I was approached by a member of
the awards committee. She told me that the committee was “deeply moved” by the
work we were doing and the impact we were having on children.
In 2005, this theater program won a CASSP Principle Award for promoting