• Why Art?
    Today more than ever the arts are needed by our young people as a forum for safe expression, communication, exploration, imagination, and cultural and historical understanding.

    Below are a list of reasons why the visual arts are so important at each grade level:

    · Brain research confirms that Arts education strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement, school success, and preparation for the work world.

    · Art classes provide students a chance to develop cognitive and creative skills, and to develop their imaginations.

    · For some students Art is their motivation for coming to school and an area where they have success or excel, providing an important balance in their total educational experience.

    · The arts teach our students to be more tolerant and open through multicultural and historical perspectives and through their involvement in the creative process itself.

    · Due to the collaborative nature of art, students develop crucial skills in cooperative decision-making, leadership, clear communication, and complex problem solving while working with others.

    · Regular participation in the arts develops self-confidence, self-discipline, persistence, and the knowledge of how to make multiple revisions to create high quality work.

    · The skills and experience that students develop by learning to perform, create, and respond to works of art provides a foundation for the kinds of literacy students must have to communicate and work successfully in our ever-changing media, technology, and information age.

    · Art Education supports not only the adolescent¹s intellectual and educational development but also their personal and social development.

    · Arts education helps develop a positive work ethic, flexibility, and pride in a job well done.