In 2010 the US Congress designated the second week of September as National Arts in Education Week “to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students.”
See the National Art Education Association webpage on National Arts in Education Week – September 9-15, 2012
Since 1982 arts education has been in serious decline with nearly two thirds of 18 year olds never having experienced classes or lessons in any art form. See Teaching Artists and the Future of Education: Report on the Teaching Artist Research Project – Executive Summary
Students of color, especially Latino children, have absorbed nearly the entire decline. Here at the School of Arts and Culture, the benefits of rich and culturally meaningful education in the arts is offered every day to the students who stand to gain the most from this critical resource. The arts are for everyone and offer a powerful way to find our voice, and build our communities as we honor community values and traditions. We are committed to access for every child, regardless of her family’s resources. This week in honor of National Arts in Education Week we ask you to stand with us to support the School and the dedicated teaching artists who make this possible. Visit us at the School, sign up for a class, or make a donation of your support whether in time or treasure. ¡Arte para todos!