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Re: art and educational/spiritual development

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lin_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed May 29 2002 - 19:28:59 PDT


* The arts engage all students in education, from those who are already
   considered successful and are in need of greater challenges, to those
who
   would otherwise remain disconnected and be at risk of not being able to
   realize their own potential for success.
* Through exercising their imaginations, the arts help students to make
new
   connections, transcend previous limitations and think ‘outside of the
   box’.
* Expression in the arts helps students to develop cognitive and physical
   skills.
* The arts provide an avenue for students to be able to express
themselves
   and connect with their peers through personal growth and cooperative
   learning experiences.
* The arts are a strong motivator for students to develop self discipline
   and social skills.
* The arts encourage self directed learning, helping to develop the
capacity
   of students to strive for greater success.
* Each art form brings special ways of perceiving the world and mentally
   organizing and retrieving information, utilizing critical thinking and
   problem solving skills.
* The arts help to transform the school environment to one of discovery
and
   learning, breaking down barriers between disciplines and improving the
   conditions of learning.
* The arts gives students the opportunity to represent what they have
   learned, thus achieving greater comprehension and retention of the
   material being covered.
* Art criticism helps students develop observation, analysis,
interpretation
   and evaluation skills that can be transferred to other areas of study.
* The arts are essential to an understanding of personal, local, national
   and global cultures, past and present.
* A strong, sequential arts education program in schools promotes
cultural
   literacy in our society.
* The arts help to provide experiences for students to continue to become
   lifelong learners after they reach adulthood, creating an awareness
that
   learning is a never-ending process.
* Education in the arts helps students to acquire those skills that will
be
   essential to their being successful in the new millennium.

Information compiled by Kevan Nitzberg,
Fine Arts Facilitator
Anoka-Hennepin School District #11

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