Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

Arts Education and Advocacy: An Investment in Every Child’s Future

In this blog post by the U.S. Department of Education, it talks about how arts education is an integral part of a child’s education and can enhance many critical thinking and 21st century skills. Every year in April, thousands of people flock to Washington, DC for Arts Advocacy Day in which a there are many people advocating, lobbying for the arts to our lawmakers as well share resources for those who might not understand why the arts are so important in our schools.

This article is important to arts managers because as we grow into future arts leaders, who may or may not go into the not-for-profit realm, we have to understand that their is an connection between arts advocacy, arts education and building audiences for our organizations. If we establish a culture where we incorporate and support the arts in our schools, they will eventually become the people we market to years down the lane. They will have an appreciation for the arts because they were exposed to it. Let us all support the arts, but let’s not forget to support arts in our schools.

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One comment on “Arts Education and Advocacy: An Investment in Every Child’s Future

  1. torisharbaugh
    October 17, 2014

    Over the past decade, there has been so much research conducted about the effectiveness of arts on academic achievement, but how much of it is actually being deeply considered? The statistics and data are out there to prove that the arts has a tremendous effect on a cognitive development, but how much of it is taken seriously? There is still the impression that art classes (including music, theater and dance) are electives and “fly-by” courses. The funny thing is that there are a lot of individuals in society who recognize the benefits of arts education (actually, probably the majority of the population). The proof of data may exist but until people believe it and advocate for it, the stereotypes about arts education are still going to exist.

    The “STEM to STEAM” initiative is a movement that I would really love to take full flight for arts education. Evaluation of education has been primarily based on test scores and quantitative data. Since the arts are evaluated on a qualitative basis, it has been disregarded as one of the core subjects. Here is the link from the school who started the initiative: http://www.risd.edu/about/stem_to_steam/

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