WHERE TRADITION COMES TO LIFE
Studies have shown the importance of art education in student outcomes. “Champions of Change: The Impact of Arts on Learning” is a newly completed report commissioned by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. The results of seven different studies clearly establish that learners can attain higher levels of achievement through arts education. Learning through the arts can actually help “level the playing field” for youngsters from disadvantaged circumstances. Additionally, according to Howard Gardner’s well-accepted theory of multiple intelligences and learning styles, children learn in a variety of ways. Many children do not learn well sitting at a desk and may assimilate information more effectively while singing or moving. Additionally, as detailed in a 1996 report by the Getty Institute, arts education is the most effective way to develop the workforce of the next generation. This workforce must be multi-dimensional and flexible with strong creative, productive, and critical thinking skills. Once consider a “frill,” arts education is now seen as integral to the academic process.