Art Advocacy

  • "Creativity takes Courage." ~Henri Matisse

    Why do we teach Art? 

    According to the website, teaching the arts, "teaches children that there are several paths to take when approaching  problems and that all problems can have more than one solution."


    10 Lessons the ARTS Teach
    by Elliot Eisner (The Arts and The Creation of Mind, 2002)

    1.  The arts teach children to make good judgement about qualitative relationships.
    2.  The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution.
    3.  The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
    4.  The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
    5.  The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know.
    6.  The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
    7.  The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
    8.  The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
    9.  The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source.
    10. The arts' positioning the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

    **The arts are more important now than ever before!** 

    Please read the following e-flyer from NAEA (National Art Education Association) to learn how the arts (visual arts, music, theater, etc.) teach more than the obvious. 

    According to a Newsweek article dated July 10, 2010, entitled The Creativity Crisis,
    "A recent IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the No. 1
    “leadership competency” of the future...
    All around us are matters of national and international importance that are crying out for creative solutions..."

    Creativity is nurtured through the study and participation in the arts!

     Thank you for your continued support of your young artists at home!

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