In this respect, the arts were given equal billing with reading, math, science, and other disciplines. And this definition could lead to a huge improvement in national education policy. This means that whenever federal education programs (such as teacher training, school reform, and technology programs) are targeted to “core academic subjects,” the arts may be eligible to receive funds.
That young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days each week through at least one full year are:
89% of Americans believe that arts education is important enough to be taught in schools.
Read more facts about Arts Education at www.AmericansfortheArts.org.
Ask students to tell their parents about a particular concept they are studying in art or music. Reward the ones who do. This will begin a dialogue about the arts at home.
Robert Benson, President of the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education (AAAE) Robert is the Arts Director for the Peoria Unified School District. In 2011 he began his term as AAAE President. The Alliance is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington D.C. It is a 30-year-old 501C3 coalition of organizations and individuals who work to develop and support policies and practices to ensure every child has access to a quality arts education. For more information, please call 602.264.0299, or visit www.artsed.org.
Arts Education Partnership is a national collation of arts, education, business, philanthropic, and government organizations that demonstrates and promotes the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child and the improvement of America's schools. For more information on the Arts Education Partnership and Critical Links, please visit www.aep-arts.org.