THE ARTS IN OUR SCHOOLS
The arts help students master core subjects but budget cuts and “teaching to the test” are squeezing the arts out of the curriculum. Research shows that children taught to play the musical keyboard strengthen math skills. Youngsters who dramatize stories improve their reading abilities. Dance classes boost a child’s ability to think as well as move. Studies indicate that arts education is particularly beneficial in building academic skills for economically disadvantaged students; those early experiences in the arts lay the groundwork for successful learning later. And the arts spark creativity, a most important quality for all children as they grow up and face the world’s challenges.
To address this alarming concern, the Arts Council’s outreach program offers educational arts experiences in Adams County schools and at our center. Through this program, musicians, actors, dancers, and painters have enriched the lives of thousands of students with assembles, workshops, and long-term artist residencies. Teachers, principals, after school programs and PTO parents are invited to contact Arts in Education Coordinator Judy Marti at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about arranging an enriching arts experience.