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Re: ARTS EDUCATION LEGISLATION

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Gary Bogus (gbogus)
Wed, 24 Dec 1997 10:46:08 -0800

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In regards to Katherine Walker's reply to the NAEA's "attck" on museum
education:
I sympathize and totally appreciate her position that museums and
performances are an essential part of childrens' education, however, it is
not art education, as some states (such as California) feel. In our
district, a local childrens' art museum is acting as the art education
delivery system for many schools. They get grants for this and the district
loves it because it is cheaper than hiring art teachers. But it doesn't do
the job. There is a conflict here because museums see themselves as filling
a need while getting funding for their programs, while art teachers see
them as taking jobs away and esssentially undermining programs.
Administrators are only looking to the bottom line, and the kids lose out.
Only in the very best programs, where the arts are supported from the top
down, do the two work together and serve the kids well.

(I am an art teacher, currently unemployed, who has been a museum educator,
artist -in -residence, and married to a museum employee. Got to look at all
sides!)


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