Local drama teacher wins national award - Tucson News Now

Local drama teacher wins national award

Art Almquist (Source: Tucson News Now) Art Almquist (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A local drama teacher just won a national award for his dedication to high school arts education.

Art Almquist of Tucson Magnet High School was selected as the 2016 Reba R. Robertson Outstanding teacher of drama by The Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.

Almquist is a native Tucsonan who grew up in the TUSD schools. He has been directing plays at Tucson High for the last 20 years. Judges selected Almquist from a pool of thousands of arts teachers across the country. Almquist said at a time when fine arts programs are being cut at schools, he’s humbled to receive the positive recognition.

“I can’t tell you how many students I’ve had say I come to school because of your class or because of my music class- and that’s what it’s all about. So my hope is that with an award like this and your coverage- people are saying public schools are awesome,” Almquist said.

The award also comes with money that Almquist plans to put back into the theater program.

“I’m getting one thousand dollars for our program which will probably go into lights and sound to keep upgrading our theater. Five thousand will go with either me doing professional development and bringing in guest artists to work with the students,” Almquist said.

Almquist will receive the award during a ceremony in Boston at the end of July.

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