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Kathrine Walker (klwalk)
Mon, 22 Dec 1997 08:20:31 CST6CDT

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I have been reading the postings from national and state NAEA for
months now - and I feel that I finally must respond to the following
statement that performing arts and museums programs are not "useful


TALLAHASSEE, FL-Gearing up to advance arts education legislation, the
Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) along with its sister arts
associations and guided by an advocacy group, Arts for a Complete Education
(ACE), prepared members and parents to advance four legislative agenda

One of the critical dimensions is the focus on the definition of arts
education as student learning in the arts, and connecting it to the state's
commitment-to-excellence program. This meant that arts entertainment,
enrichment, and exposure methodologies were not useful enough to accomplish
student learning for all students throughout Florida.
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While I agree that formal art education is important, it is time for
NAEA to stop slamming the contributions of performances and museums.
Formal and informal learning should go hand in hand. Museums and
other arts organizations are making every effort to make these
scoffed at enrichment experiences, truly educational by using methods
from formal education.

I think that perhaps part of the problem is that arts teachers are
feeling threatened by loss of $$$ - but it is to their detriment to
marginalize their educational partners in the arts. Think of the
amount of teacher education, children's education and lifelong
learning theatre, concerts and museums provide!

We need to put forward a united front, not fight each other!!!!
Kathrine Walker, Education Coordinator
Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University

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