Happy National Arts in Education Week!

Connexeo - 09/10/2018

The importance of arts education is demonstrated throughout the school year.

It’s reflected in the excitement of kindergartners when they create with finger paints. It shows in the intricate steps and musical precision of high school bands and drill teams when they perform at halftime of football games. It’s embodied in the impassioned performances of student actors in theater productions.

But there’s one week each year where arts education takes the spotlight. Since 2010, by Congressional resolution, the second week of September has been designated Arts in Education Week to “promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful and college- and career-ready students,” according to an article on the National Education Association website.

This year, the celebration takes place Sept. 9-15. The National Art Education Association calls the week a time “to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.”

Participating in Arts in Education Week 

Americans for the Arts’ website offers a variety of links for participation in the week’s activities. Those include:

Promoting Arts in Education

Beyond calls for external advocacy, Arts in Education Week is also a time to emphasize the importance of and need for instruction in music, theater, dance and the visual arts. Want to promote the cause? Here are some quotes to use that highlight the benefits of art education.

“Art helps us see connections and brings a more coherent meaning to our world.” - Earnest Boyer, President, Carnegie Foundation

"The arts are the best insurance policy a city can take on itself." -Woody Dumas, former Mayor of Baton Rouge

"The arts and sciences have a primary claim to the encouragement of every lover of his country and mankind." -President George Washington

"Music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment." -William Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education

“We need people who think with the creative side of their brains—people who have played in a band, who have painted…it enhances symbiotic thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm, learning how to kick-start a new idea, or how to get a job done better, less expensively.” –Annette Byrd, GlaxoSmithKline

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.” –President Lyndon B. Johnson

Those who support arts in education are working to share their message this week, as well as encourage students to take arts classes while the school year is still young.

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