Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Art programs are continuing to to grow in schools and now more and more districts are moving from STEM to STEAM.
"You will find art in math, science, social studies, language arts, technology, engineering," says Catherine Campbell, art teacher at Dent Middle School.
That's why the Columbia Museum of Art is allowing art teachers to grow their skills.
On Wednesday night nearly 100 teachers gathered during an Evening For Educators event, which focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, with Art at the center (STEAM).
"We here at the museum, we never really like to talk about STEM, we're very much STEAM," says Kayleigh Vaughn, education manager for the Columbia Museum of Art. "You really can't separate arts from the science and math because they go hand and hand. We really like to talk about the cross discipline or cross curricular opportunities and how arts can be integrated across the board."
That's exactly what Campbell is doing for her art classes. She's helping her students mix art and technology iwith graphics design.
"It's just amazing the opportunities that the students get to do right now," says Campbell.
Campbell has been a teacher for 23 years and has seen how the styles of art may have changed, but the passion remains the same.
"They have the freedom to explore and express themselves so I believe truly that the arts are very important to all of the foundations that students are learning."
It may just be a 45 minute class, but Campbell hopes that as her skills as a teacher grow\, she can inspire a new generation to know the true value of art.
"I encourage them to keep going," says Campbell. "Keep exploring. It's their own creativity and they are able to put themselves inside of it, so just keep exploring with the different materials."
The Columbia Museum of Art held a summer program for teachers to learn how to utilize STEAM projects in the classroom.
Fourteen teachers from around the state attended the program and showcased what they learned during the summer.
The museum will hold another Evening for Educators event in November, when they unveil their next exhibit, called "Cuts: Costumes in the Cinema."