Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
This week, September 14th -20th, is National Arts in Education week! In July of 2010, the House of Representatives passed House Resolution #275 to express support for the role arts plays in education. It states that the arts are “…a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students“. You can learn more about the week and find additional resources on the AEP’s blog. AEP, or the Art Education Partnership, works towards bringing a high-quality arts education to all students in America.
National Arts in Education week has had me thinking a lot about arts education policy and how it affects participation in the arts. Although Rosewall, author of Arts Management: Uniting Arts and Audiences in the 21st Century, does not believe the decline in arts education in schools is directly affecting participation in the arts, I have reason to believe it could. We have all read about the effects of arts education on learning development and teaching strategies, but is this lack of education impacting future involvement? Maybe teaching arts in education won’t directly increase ticket sales, but at least students will have an informed and accurate perception of the arts. A lot of students seem to discredit artistic value fairly quickly, mostly because it is foreign to them and cannot see a direct impact on their lives. A large influence on arts participation, especially with the younger generations, is how the rest of our society perceives arts and culture. Showing students a positive image of arts, not one that is elitist and snobbish, is one step closer to getting more involvement in the arts.