Why Care About Dance Education?
ARTS EDUCATION FACTS
Did You Know?
Young People Who Participate In The Arts For At Least Three Hours On Three Days Each Week For At Least One Full Year Are:
times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
Young Artists, As Compared With Their Peers, Are Likely To:
music, art, and dance classes nearly three times as frequently
(Living the Arts through Language + Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations, Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation For the Advancement of Teaching, Americans for the Arts Monograph, November 1998)
The Facts Are That Arts Education:
Makes a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has proven to help level the "learning field" across socioeconomic boundaries. (Involvement in the Arts and Success in Secondary School, James S. Catterall, The UCLA Imagination Project, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA, Americans for
Has a measurable impact on at risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and truancy problems while also increasing overall academic performance among those youth engaged in after school and summer arts programs targeted toward delinquency prevention.
(YouthARTS Development Project, 1996, U.S. Department of Justice, National Endowment for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts)
Businesses Understand That Arts Education:
a school climate of high expectation, discipline, and academic rigor
that attracts businesses relocating to your community.
(Business Circle for Arts Education in Oklahoma, "Arts at the Core of Learning 1999 Initiative")
Why Arts Education?
What does arts education do for the individual and for society? Why do we teach the arts? How do the arts contribute to education on all levels? There are many good answers to these questions, but three stand out as crucial in todays social and economic climate.
We believe that arts and therefore arts education means three things that everyone wants and needs.
Arts Means Work
Today we hear much about productivity and workmanship. Both of these ideals are strengthened each time we commit ourselves to the endeavor of art. We are dedicated to the idea that art is the best way for every young person to learn the value of work.
Arts Means Language
Arts Mean Values
We sensitize students to the fact that values shape all human efforts, and that visual images can affect their personal value choices. All of them should be given the opportunity to see how art can express the highest aspirations of the human spirit. From that foundation we believe they will be in a better position to choose what is right and good.
(Why Art Education? was prepared by the National Art Education Association. http://www.dana.org/news/cerebrum/detail.aspx?id=23206)