Eloquent Evidence: Arts are Critical to Learning

Current research now substantiates what some teachers and parents already knew intuitively - that the arts are critical to education and learning.  "During the past quarter century, literally thousands of school-based programs have demonstrated beyond question that the arts can not only bring coherence to our fragmented academic world, but through the arts, students' performance in other academic disciplines can be enhanced as well." Ernest L. Boyer, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Benefits of an Arts Education:

  • An education in the arts encourages high achievement.
  • Study of the arts encourages a suppleness of mind, toleration for ambiguity, a taste for nuance, and the ability to make trade-offs among alternative courses of action.
  • The study of the arts helps students to think and work across traditional disciplines. It brings thinking "outside the box."
  • An education in the arts teaches students to work co-operatively.
  • An education in the arts builds an understanding of diversity and the multicultural dimensions of our world.
  • An arts education insists on the value of content, which helps students understand "quality" as a key value.
  • Click here for more information on the influence of Fine Arts instruction on academic success!

Trends in Arts Education:

  • There is growing consensus among policy makers and parents that the arts should be an integral part of education.
  • The National Conference of State Legislatures emphasized the importance of the arts in all aspects of education in its comprehensive study.
  • In Goals 2000: Educate America Act, the arts are recognized as part of the core curriculum, along side other challenging subject matter.
  • The Improving America's School Act approved by Congress in 1994, reinforced the importance of the arts in relation to other subjects and as vital subjects in themselves.
  • Surveys show that a majority of parents think that the arts are as important as reading, writing, math, science, history or geography. The vast majority of parents want their children to have more experience with the arts than they had when they were young.

Staff

All phone number area codes are 863

Name: Title: Phone:
Jacqueline Byrd Deputy Superintendent 534-0521
Beth Cummings Director of Fine Arts 647-4729
Dr. Kymberly Cruz Senior Coordinator for Visual Arts 647-4730
Jessica Fredricks Fine Arts Resourse Specialist 647-4260
Madalyn Hilliard Fine Arts Resource Specialist 647-4733
Stacy Mallard Fine Arts Clerk 647-4731

Visit our Staff Directory to contact any staff member via e-mail.