Arts Access emphasizes the integration of the arts (music, dance, drama, and visual arts) into all aspects of a school's curriculum. Increased test scores as well as development of self-esteem are all nationally proven benefits of such a program. There are forms of art that are adaptable to all core curriculum be it math, science, language arts, or physical education. The goal of Arts Access is not to develop performing artists but rather to enrich and enhance the academic learning of all students in all subject areas.
Casey Elementary has been an Arts Access school for approximately 10 years. In 1999, Casey became the first school in Jackson Public Schools to become a Whole School Model. The Whole Schools Initiative is a school improvement effort promoted by the Mississippi Arts Commission to fully incorporate the arts into all aspects of a school's curriculum.