I am honored to share a truly cool program Jenison Public Schools Visual Arts is involved with and asked me to cover. Special thanks to Emily Derusha and her team. You're a special group of art teachers.
Register for a 1-hour introductory free webinar March 22nd from 4-5 pm on resources to help implement high quality arts education instruction and assessment in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts for all K-12th grade students. This will provide a brief overview of how MAEIA engages and educates the 'whole child.' Register now on the Kent ISD site. This session is supported by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Department of Education.
Who Should Pay for the Arts in America? At 50, the National Endowment for the Arts is still fighting to make the performing arts available to everyone, while the influence of wealthy donors increasingly tilts the balance.
Many times, art teachers defend art education by saying that it raises test scores, keeps kids in school, or improves student performance in "core" academic areas. This may all be true, but the visual arts teach important "habits of mind" that can't be learned in traditionally "core" academic areas.