Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
NEA Chair, Jane Chu, had this to say at the Arts Education Partnerships National Forum last Thursday, September 11th. I love it. It is always nice to see arts ed getting some attention. I especially like this quote because, for a lot of us, she’s highlighting how the arts have affected our own lives…
I can relate to all parts of this quote. I want to be a leader, I want to shape industries, etc. I’m really thankful for my artistic education. I especially love the second half of this quote: Arts education can “provide students a better way to understand themselves.” Art has been and continues to be a medium through which I understand life and my role in it. And lastly, art gives us a “sense of belonging.” Yes.
AmyJo Anecdote Time: In 3rd grade I wasn’t particularly great at any subject. Just OK at all things math, science, language, etc. One day we were decorating for Halloween and I drew the BEST SPIDERWEB! I’ll never forget how special my art made me feel that day. Other students asked me to show them how to draw a spiderweb and Ms. Roeh told me how nice it looked!
SO, classmates, please tell a story about the first time art made you feel something. I can’t wait to see what you write!