To create Atlanta’s next generation of fine artists and fine arts patrons.


     The mission of the Fine Arts Department  in Atlanta Public Schools consists of a balanced program divided into three distinct parts: all students will have a world class fine arts education in our schools, enrichment experiences in the Atlanta arts community and extension opportunities for learning that ensure a lifetime of involvement in and enjoyment of the arts.


    Students in Atlanta Public Schools are meaningfully engaged in creating, performing and presenting in the arts based on the content of the Georgia Performance Standards in dance, music, theatre and visual arts.


    Atlanta Public School students enjoy professional arts and culture experiences at each grade level through participation in the Cultural Experience Project. These arts experiences expose students to our arts-rich community in Atlanta and incorporate real world career options and support for classroom based arts lessons.

    The Cultural Experience Project is a collaboration among the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta Public Schools Fine Arts Department, and Atlanta’s arts and culture community designed to give each student the chance to encounter a rich learning experience through the city's many premier art and cultural venues. From Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade, the vision is for each student to visit one cultural venue every year at no cost to the student or to the school. One grade. One venue. Guaranteed. It's an experience that complements their class instruction and brings learning to life. 
    The Cultural Experience Project is made possible through generous investment from the Atlanta philanthropic and corporate community, including major support from Turner Broadcasting through the Turner Voices program. 


    Extensions in fine arts are provided for deeper levels of learning to interested students and take place outside of the normal school day and throughout the summer. Fine arts extensions are offered both within the school district and statewide. Initiatives include the Atlanta Public Schools High School Honor Band and Orchestra Festival, APS Elementary and Secondary Honor Chorus Festival, APS Youth Art Month Exhibit, Governors Honors Program, All State Band, All State Chorus, All State Orchestra, All State Art Symposium, Capitol Art Exhibit, Scholastic Art Exhibit, Live in HD Metropolitan Opera Program,  Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern Residency, APS Marching Band Exhibition and Xanadu, an intensive 4-week summer  program held annually for gifted and artistically talented students.