This summer Congress passed a resolution naming the second week in September “National Arts in Education Week” to which I say, “Yay, Congress!” (huh, that felt weird.) Here are a few of my favorite parts:
“Whereas arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students”
“Whereas the arts provide the skills and knowledge students need to develop the creativity and determination necessary for success in the global information age”
“Whereas where schools and communities are delivering high quality learning opportunities in, through, and about the arts for children, extraordinary results occur”
You can read the full text of the resolution here.
This first year, our local public schools didn’t really have enough time to plan any events to celebrate National Arts in Education Week, but this doesn’t mean we have to let it just go by. Take a minute this week to thank your kids’ art teacher, music teacher, dance teacher, and theater teacher (if you’re lucky enough to have one) for all they do to build the arts program in your kids’ schools. Talk to your kids’ teachers and principals and let them know that you’d like their schools to celebrate National Arts in Education Week next year. Volunteer to be part of the planning committee. And check out the Arts Education Partnership website to find out what other communities are doing to celebrate National Arts in Education Week.