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What Is the Value of Art Education? | Blog

A great article from the U.S. Department of Education about why it is important to consider the value behind art integration. Do you have responses to the questions he poses at the end? Sound off in our comment section.


Student Art Inspires Department of Education

Last week while attending the National Art Education Association conference in Seattle, Wash., in my capacity as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow, I was a little bit surprised when some art teachers asked, “Why are you guys here?”

My answer was that, consistent with the President’s call for a well-rounded education in his plan to reauthorize ESEA and fix No Child Left Behind, I felt it was important to be present for art teachers.

One example of how art functions at the U.S. Department of Education was illustrated at the conference by two officials, Doug Herbert and Jacquelyn Zimmermann. They presented on overview of The Headquarters Art Exhibit Program that fills the lobby of the LBJ building in Washington, D.C ., and described the significance of having student art on display at the Department.

The Department has two exhibit spaces in the lobby. One accommodates about 60 winners of the 87 year old Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Student artwork honored by this program is exhibited for an entire year. A second gallery holds a rotating exhibit of exemplary student art from schools and districts across America. This museum quality display rotates every 2-3 months.

The Headquarters Art Exhibit Program places artifacts of student achievement in a space through which every headquarters employee and official must pass each day. The students of America have painted pictures that teach us what student learning looks like and those images animate the department with a constant reminder of why we do this work.

My questions for teachers are these: What do young artists teach us through their accomplishments? How can we include art in our instruction so that every student becomes well-rounded and fully prepared for college and careers?

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.

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