Art Education

Art Education


Let’s go back in time for a sec. The Renaissance period of the 14th century
was a cultural transition for many European countries; innovation and classical learning
flourished, and the arts became a central focus within the movement. Yet over hundreds of years the value of the
arts has slowly depreciated, leaving us where we are now. Across the country, schools have experienced
budget cuts and decreased funding. Total spending on children’s education has
dropped more than 8% since 2011, but dollar bills aren’t the only things being cut. Extracurricular programs have also experienced
a decline, and art programs are often the first to go. Many do not realize the benefits of an arts
education and have a tendency to focus on the core academic curriculum. So what can you do? It is imperative that you, as an educator,
parent, or student, advocate for and support the arts at every level of learning. Let’s work to integrate the arts among other
disciplines and encourage art programs in k-12 schools and beyond in higher education. As we realize the importance of the arts,
we can reform education and change the way we look at the world. Literally.

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