Deborah Rutter: arts and humanities should be in schools every day

Posted on: October 23, 2015

In Thursday’s (10/22) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock), Shea Stewart writes that Deborah Rutter, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, “told a group of state educators and cultural directors Wednesday afternoon that arts and humanities need to be integrated in schools every day. Rutter … delivered her remarks as part of a state panel … titled ‘State of the Arts: Innovation in Arts and Humanities Education,’ … at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. Rutter was … joined by a dozen Arkansas educators and directors of cultural institutions, and about 125 audience members…. Her message of integrating arts and humanities into other areas of study was echoed by her fellow panel members…. Philip Mann, music director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, said the orchestra’s education programs—such as its children’s concerts—take the orchestra’s music to students around the state. … ‘We try to remove every possible barrier for a young Arkansan to experience a live symphony orchestra,’ Mann said. Although the panel was split into two groups—one with state educators and one with cultural directors—the message delivered by the two groups was the same: The arts are important.”

Posted October 23, 2015