On Monday, July 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring the week following the second Sunday in September (September 12-18, this year) as Arts in Education Week. This is the first congressional resolution to recognize all the disciplines: music, theater, visual arts, and dance.
Sponsored by Congresswoman, Rep. Jackie Speiers (D-California), the resolution states many important advocacy messages that the arts education field has been touting for years including:
“Whereas arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theater, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students…
Whereas arts education enables students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, imagination and creativity, discipline, alternative ways to communicate, and express feelings and ideas, and cross-cultural understanding, which supports academic success across the curriculum as well as personal growth outside the classroom;
Whereas the nonprofit arts sector is an economic engine and plays a significant role in the economic health of communities large and small with direct expenditures of wages and benefits as well as goods and services;
Whereas attracting and retaining the best teachers is vital and can be achieved by ensuring that schools embrace the arts, becoming havens for creativity and innovation…”
I am the full-time Art Teacher at Mount Prospect School and I have been at the school for 11 years. Before that, I taught in Flemington, Quakertown and Stockton, NJ. I received both my BS and my MEd. from Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA.
When I am finished teaching for the day I head home to my husband and Guinness, our Standard Poodle.