Despite strapped budgets, school leaders are not without options when it comes to providing students with access to high-quality arts education, according to a new guide published by the Arts
Infuse the Arts Arts education, 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. Educators who value arts education understand its link to brain development and positive academic and social outcomes, and its ability to establish a more level playing field for learners who will not otherwise have access to enrichment experiences.
Tomlinson, C. A. (2018/2019, December/January). One to Grow On / Sparking Students “Uncommon Genius”. Retrieved March 13, 2019
All educators can learn valuable lessons from the way the arts are taught.
Milner, H., IV. (2018/2019, December/January). Confronting Inequity / More Than a Math and Science Teacher. Retrieved March 13, 2019
Bringing students’ interests into the classroom enriches learning.
Goodwin, B., & Hubler, E. (2018/2019, December/January). Research Matters / Does Arts Education Matter? Retrieved March 13, 2019
Arts education, in other words, has its own intrinsic value. An arts education serves important purposes for students beyond the limited outcomes captured on standardized tests, including something as important
Iamarino, D. (2018/2019, December/January). Engaging Our Most Challenging Students in Fine Arts. Retrieved March 13, 2019
Art/fine art teachers confront the dilemma of whether to include–in plays, concerts, and so on–students whose behavior is disruptive, off-task, or in other ways drags down otherwise good arts performances.
At a Boston charter school, instruction in music composition helps students expand their horizons and see their true potential.
McKibben, S. (2018/2019, December/January). Arts Education as a Human Right: A Conversation with Alfre Woodard. Retrieved March 13, 2019
The renowned actor, Alfre Woodard, says access to the arts is crucial—and shouldn’t depend on a child’s zip code.
When Michael Bonner’s 2nd grade students were failing their reading tests, he didn’t give up on them. He made a music video.
Kyriakakos, S. (2018/2019, December/January). Taking Back Baltimore Through the Arts. Retrieved March 13, 2019
Freddie Gray’s death tore a city apart, but these shaken teens found their power in the aftermath.
Rebora, A. (2018/2019, December/January). Arts Education Today: Mission Critical. Retrieved March 13, 2019
As a number of the articles show, the arts can also provide a sanctuary from academic or community pressures, giving students critical opportunities to express themselves and discover their potential.