From: Kevan Nitzberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 06:23:29 -0600
To: ArtsEdNet Talk <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: artsednet digest: November 25, 2002
on 11/26/02 2:00 AM, ArtsEdNet Talk digest at firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: HS ARTS ADVOCACY
> From: LEO DAVINCE <email@example.com>
> Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 07:50:55 -0800 (PST)
> X-Message-Number: 15
Here are some resources that you can explore online to provide the material
that you may be looking for. As each situation in each school and school
district is unique, I thought it might be better to provide you with a menu
of possibilities than to be overly specific and miss the mark.
AAAE Advocacy Pieces: (Arizona Alliance for Arts Education):
* Arizona Arts Standards covering dance, music, theater, visual arts
* Checklist for School¹s Excellence in Arts Education
The Importance of a Strong Arts Education in Schools
* 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 box¹.
* Expression in the arts helps students to develop cognitive and physical
* The arts provide an avenue for students to be able to express themselves
and connect with their peers through personal growth and cooperative
* 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
* 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,
AEM President Elect
THE FUNCTIONS OF ART
Art helps us to find a vehicle with which to speak when no traditional¹
means allows us a comprehensive enough avenue to express ourselves fully.
Art gives us a springboard to explore new and unguessed at places within
ourselves, keeping alive the wonder of that which we call life.
Art provides us with a road map with which to navigate the world we live in
and find our own sense of reality as we traverse it.
Art supplies us with the tools to celebrate that which we find beautiful
and, in turn, attempt to try and create our own beauty.
Art challenges people to understand and appreciate both our universality and
diversity, giving us a much wider as well as a more focused lens through
which to view the human experience.