Not to slam NAEA, but in the spirit of the 'season'...I would most
certainly have to agree with Kathrine Walker's remarks in support of
museum programs and what they provide to us to the direct benefit of
arts education. Art museums such as our local Reynolda House, Museum of
American Art and the Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art (SECCA) in
Winston-Salem, lead the way with quality programs, only to enhance K-12
art programs. Personally and professionally I am greatly indebted to
both of these museums, and am sure that many museums across the land,
work hard at providing top-notch programs to assist the goals and
standards of art education. Reynolda House has taught me as well as
other local and regional art educators through active participation
about ongoing interdisciplinary and DBAE approaches to art education.
SECCA has brought the same, including artist residencies such as Tim
Rollins and Willie Birch to our art classrooms. These are not just
momentary experiences but ones that have influenced the lives of both
the students and art educators alike, for years of appeciation and
inspiration. I thank museums for all they do for us and provide to the
richness of arts education and to our communities. We are indeed
fortunate to have such wonderful resources to our direct benefit!
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From: "Kathrine Walker" <klwalk>
Organization: Information Systems Kansas State
To: artsednet.edu, National Art Education Association <naea>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 1997 08:20:31 CST6CDT
Subject: Re: ARTS EDUCATION LEGISLATION
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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
FLORIDA ADVOCATES ARTS EDUCATION LEGISLATION
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.
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