Books that are Important to the work
Daniel Pink – A Whole New Mind
Applebee- Democratic Schools
Charles Fowler -Strong Arts, Strong Schools
Austin Kleon – Steal Like an Artist
James Catterall – Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art: A 12-Year Longitudinal Study of Arts Education
Tom Friedman – The World is Flat
Research and Quotes about the Importance of the Arts
Arts Work for Kids 2008.” We strongly believe arts education is key to student success as individuals and citizens. The different fine art forms—visual art, drama, music, and dance—teach children skills they cannot learn in other areas of school. The arts promote collaboration, imaginative thinking, and decision-making, and encourage intellectual exploration. National research supports what we see every day in schools—that art really does work for kids. Research shows including high-quality, sequential arts experiences in the classroom boosts student performance across the board.”
Living the Arts through Language + Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations (1998) found that young people who consistently participate in comprehensive, sequential and rigorous arts programs are:
4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem
Eloquent Evidence: Arts at the Core of Learning. Studies from the National Educational Longitudinal Survey indicate that gains become more pronounced with longer involvement. Students of the arts continue to out-perform their non-arts peers on the Scholastic Assessment Test, according to the College Entrance Examination Board. In 1995, SAT scores for students who studied the arts more than four years were 59 points higher on the verbal and 44 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework or experience in the arts.
Critical Links and Champions of ChangeDr Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Project Zero “In addition to enhancing academic performance and participation, the arts also provide opportunities for children to learn valuable personal, social, and other life skills that differ from other disciplines studied at school. The arts are a major area of human cognition, one of the ways in which we know about the world and express our knowledge. Much of what is said in the arts cannot be said in another way. To withhold artistic means of understanding is as much a malpractice as to withhold mathematics… Since schools traditionally develop only linguistic and logical/mathematical skills, they are missing an enormous opportunity to develop the whole child.”
“We conclude that the arts not only give expression to the profound urgings of the human spirit, they also validate our feelings in a world that deadens feelings. Now more than ever, all people need to see clearly, hear acutely, and feel sensitively through the arts. These skills are no longer desirable. They are essential if we are to survive together with civility and joy.”
Dr. Jean Houston, Director of Foundation For Mind Research- “The child without access to a stimulating arts program is being systematically cut off from the ways in which he or she can perceive the world. The brain is being systematically damaged. In many ways our children are being de-educated.”
President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities “Because the arts and humanities transcend language, they can build bridges between cultural, racial, and ethnic groups. They can reduce prejudice and racial violence, promoting a deeper understanding of similarities and differences among religions, races, and cultural traditions. For some young people, the exploration of their own unique cultural histories can be critical to their sense of themselves, and of others images of them.”
President George W. Bush, 2004 “Business and government leaders also see the value of an education that includes the arts: From music and dance to painting and sculpting, the arts allow us to explore new worlds and to view life from another perspective….[they] encourage individuals to sharpen their skills and abilities and to nurture their imagination and intellect.”
Paul W. Chellgren, President and CEO, Ashland Inc. Educating for the Workplace Through the Arts “Today’s students need arts education now more than ever. Yes, they need the basics. But today there are two sets of basics. The first–reading, writing, and math–is simply the prerequisite for a second more complex, equally vital collection of higher-level skills required to function well in today’s world. These basics include the ability to allocate resources; to work successfully with others; to find, and analyze, and communicate information; to operate increasingly complex systems of seemingly unrelated parts; and finally, to use technology.” –. pg. 12, Educating for the Workplace Through the Arts.
Charles Fowler, Strong Arts, Strong Schools “The arts are necessary in our schools because they. . .: Teach us divergent, rather than convergent thinking. Develop craftsmanship and the ability to apply aesthetics. Introduce us to perceptions and understandings we could not acquire in any other way. Provide us with insight and wisdom that enlighten our understanding, making it deeper and more comprehensive. Facilitate human communication within and across cultures. Help us define who we are, and how to articulate our own sense of being. Replenish our spirit and by nurturing, consoling and inspiring it, restore our humanity.”
Robert Schumann “The artist’s vocation is to send light into the human heart.” That is what we do, for we are artists, and our vocation is to teach our art to the masses.
Henry Miller – “Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.” Our communities are the essence of our lives. “Every great work of art has two faces, one toward his/her own time, and one toward eternity.” –Daniel Barenboim
Julia Garnett, Director for the Cultural Council of Greater Tacoma commented on the value of arts to our communities. Her thoughts culminated in the statement “As the arts inspire creativity in each of us individually, they breathe life into our communities.”
Former President John F. Kennedy “I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his/her vision wherever it takes him/her. Art is not a form of propaganda, it is a form of the truth . . Art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstones of our judgment.”
Pablo Picasso “Every child is an artist. The challenge is to remain an artist after you grow up.” and “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Plato declared, ” I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning.”
Henry James “It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.”
Former Secretary of Education, Richard Riley “I have long believed in the important role that music and the arts can play in helping students learn, achieve, and succeed. Education in theatre, dance and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life, a spark of creativity and vivid imagination that needs training to prepare them to become confident young men and women.”
Playwright Wendy Wasserstein “The arts reflect profoundly the most democratic credo, the belief in an individual vision or voice . . . The arts’ belief in potential gives each of us — both audience and creator — pride in our society’s ability to nurture individuals.”
What we know to be true, throughout history, is that the ARTS — all of them, are beliefs and values in all societies that lead out, or draw from each of us – the art from within. The ARTS define and celebrate all aspects of our lives. The ARTS are the universal language that communicates to all peoples. That is why the arts continue — they are values and beliefs. Values and beliefs are the very essence of who we are, and how we behave. Values and beliefs are constant in a changing world and society. The arts capture our essence, our purpose, our world, through multi medium experiences that communicate and transcend to all cultures in all languages.