Arts in Education

Arts in Education Programs 2005-06

Each year, Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga distributes over $270,000 in grant funds to over 31,000 students for arts activities and hands-on experiences.  Last year, 70 schools in the Hamilton County Department of Education received funding from Allied Arts. Allied Arts strives to develop arts in education programs that support learning in the arts and enhance overall student achievement.

CBD Research Education Grant Program

Another grant for students was dedicated to CBD research. Allied Arts wants the world to get to know more about cannabis and its derivative cannabidiol.

Today there are many misconceptions concerning the best CBD cigarettes and other related products. The majority of parents talk about numerous side effects of CBD in order to prevent their children from using this substance.

That is why funding for this program is so vital today. As science proves, cannabis products, especially those with a high concentration of cannabidiol, are quite useful in patients with a number of diseases, including severe ones.

Cannabis is effective in patients with neuropathic pain, multiple spastic sclerosis, anorexia, and therapeutically resistant glaucoma. What is more, this compound is crucial for patients on chemotherapy, those struggling with AIDS, and for some anxiety conditions, especially social phobia.

It is well-known that the corresponding CBD dosage in children with multiple epileptic seizures can have a treatment effect. There is evidence that cannabinoids may be useful in treating schizophrenia.

The main medicinal effects of cannabis are not due to the concentration of THC, but of cannabidiols, which have no psychoactive properties.

The anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis require further study.

Like any medicine, cannabis drugs have side effects. The main ones are interacting with other drugs that the patient is taking. In some patients, there is a change in liver enzymes (until we fully understand why this happens). Others have drowsiness. For anxious patients, this can be a plus.

Is CBD a drug?

Fortunately, people who take cannabidiol in the form of CBD cigarettes will never develop an addiction because it has no psychoactive effect. For the same reason, there are no withdrawal symptoms. Patients who simply smoke marijuana do not form a habit in most cases, either.

The probability of addiction is not very high and amounts to 9‒10%. Withdrawal syndrome exists, it is clinically insignificant – sometimes insomnia, irritability occurs. This has nothing to do with, opioid or alcohol withdrawal symptoms. No treatment is required. Everything goes away by itself.

Cannabinoids are promising medications. Of course, we need to continue research. However, the medical use of cannabis must be done on evidence-based medicine rules, not government decisions, courts, or demonstrations by marijuana lovers.

Other uses for marijuana should be sought – not smoking.

Indeed the moment has come when it is worth transferring cannabis from list 1 (these are substances that are dangerous to use and do not have medical properties, for example, amphetamines) to list 2.

There is strong evidence for the medical use of cannabis in science, so it makes no sense to find it on this list. This would free the hands of researchers and help gain more access to cannabis products, especially those with high cannabidiol concentrations.

Politicians make decisions instead of specialists. People engaged with various non-governmental movements make crucial decisions that they do not understand at all, just to console someone’s political desires.

This question should be left to professionals, doctors, researchers in order to get an answer based on science and not ideology or political considerations.

Arts Education Grant Programs

Student Ticket Subsidy

Student Ticket Subsidies enable students in public schools of the Southeast Tennessee Development District to attend cultural field trips or to invite performing groups and outreach programs to their schools.  Funding for this program comes from the state legislature, administered by the Tennessee Arts Commission, and Allied Arts. Additional funds serve schools in North Georgia.

Application Guidelines and Form

Artist in Residence (AIR)

Through AIR, Allied Arts provides grants to bring artists into Hamilton County public schools. Resident artists work in partnership with the classroom teacher to produce an educational experience for students, which is both intellectually challenging and creatively stimulating, and to assist students to meet Fine Arts Standards and are connected to the classroom curriculum.

Application Guidelines and Form

Allied Arts School Program

The goal of the Allied Arts School Program is to enable schools to design, refine, and implement a school-wide plan to provide students with basic skills, appreciation, and understandings of the arts. Fourteen Hamilton County Department of Education elementary schools will participate in the program during the 2005-2006 school year.

Application Guidelines and Form

The 2005-06 Allied Arts Schools:

Allen Elementary
Barger Fine Arts Academy
Battle Academy
Clifton Hills Elementary
Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences
Daisy Elementary
Donaldson Elementary
East Ridge Elementary
McBrien Elementary
Normal Park Museum Magnet
Ooltewah Elementary
Rivermont Elementary
Thrasher Elementary

Wallace A. Smith Elementary

Wolftever Elementary

Arts Education Services

ArtsDirect

ArtsDirect is a reference guide to the cultural resources in Hamilton County. It is available free of charge upon request and is widely distributed to schools.  ArtsDirect is a guide to arts and humanities-related experiences outside the classroom, as well as a gateway to in-class enrichment options.