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Bryan ISD Named a District of Distinction for the Visual Arts

Bryan ISD is being recognized as one of the best school districts in Texas for the education of the visual arts.  The Texas Art Educators Association (TAEA) has designated Bryan ISD as a District of Distinction. Only 42 school districts in Texas received the honor out of more than1,000 eligible.  

Bryan ISD has set a high standard for visual arts advocacy, integrated visual arts curriculum, encouraged creativity and community participation,” said Stacia Gower, Chair of the Administration and Supervision Division of TAEA. “With the challenges educators faced this past school year it is a true testament to their skill, dedication, and flexibility that the quality of their programs continued strong and comprehensive.”

Bryan ISD received the honor for providing a well-rounded education that advocates and integrates visual arts curriculum to inspire creativity and reach all different learners. The distinction means that Bryan ISD has outstanding leadership in promoting the arts in the district and community. TAEA also looked at field experiences, community service, and community exhibitions to name a few as part of the rigorous rubric for the award.

“I am most proud that this was a collective effort by our district's 32 visual arts teachers to meet the requirements set by the TAEA for the District of Distinction,” said Bryan ISD Fine Arts Director Pat Corbett. “The recognition by TAEA is a reflection of the dedication and the great teaching from our teachers that gives our students a creative outlet through the visual arts.”

Forty-two districts, including Bryan ISD, will be honored at the TAEA Administration & Supervision Division meeting as part of the TAEA Conference on November 21, 2020. The event will be held virtually this year.

About Bryan ISD

Bryan ISD is the largest school district in the Brazos Valley with more than 15,800 students.  Bryan ISD offers world-class academics and programs, including being the only school district in the Brazos Valley to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and the AP Capstone Diploma Program, the only nationally certified STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) middle school and intermediate school with the Odyssey Program, the highly advanced Inquire Program in grades 5-8 offering Chinese as a foreign language, dual-language English-Spanish education K-12, one of 10 regional Career & Technical Education Complexes in Texas, a nationally recognized FFA program, the exclusive District of Distinction from the Texas Art Educators Association, awarded to only 42 school districts in Texas along with an award-winning Fine Arts program and championship-winning athletics. For more information about Bryan ISD, please visit

About TAEA

TAEA is the largest state professional organization for art educators in the United States. It is the mission of TAEA to promote quality visual arts education through leadership, advocacy, service, and professional development.