Celebrating the impact and value of arts in education

Posted on: September 18, 2020

“September 13 through 19 is National Arts in Education Week, a nationwide celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education,” writes Keith Martin in Monday’s (9/14) Charlotte Observer (NC). “The healing and unifying power of the arts has been evident as the pandemic swept the country. We have seen and heard it play out through works of art on sidewalks, shared musical moments from porches, in theatre and dance performances, and every other imaginable iteration of art making. As states and schools work through multiple challenges in the months and years ahead, arts education must remain central to a well-rounded education and fully funded to support the well-being of all students …. The arts, through a rich partnership among certified arts educators, teaching artists, and community arts providers, play a valuable role in helping students and their families build and sustain community and cultural connections…. According to a decades-long study, youth who participate in the arts are more likely to be successful in school, college, and career than their peers who did not. However, this same research found a racial gap indicating that arts education is an equity issue and a matter of racial justice in America.”