Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Arts Are Essential

"The Arts are an essential part of public education.
From dance and music to theatre and the visual arts,
the arts give children a unique means of expression,
capturing their passions and emotions, and allowing
them to explore new ideas, subject matter, and
cultures. The Arts bring us joy in every aspect of our lives.
Arts education not only enhances students' understanding
of the world around them, but it also broadens their
perspective on traditional academics. The arts give us the
creativity to express ourselves, while challenging our intellect.
The arts integrate life and learning for all students
and are integral in the development of the whole person.
The Arts communicate and speak to us in ways
that teach literacy and enhance our lives.
We must continue to find a place for arts programs
and partnerships, not only for what it teaches
students about art, but for what it teaches us all
about the world we live in."
Dr. Terry Bergeson
Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction


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