… No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people…
Our children will be our future. The strength of our nation will rest upon their little shoulders one day. We must do what we need to today to prepare them for that important task ahead. But, if our schools don’t have sufficient math and science teachers, we know they don’t have enough arts teachers. This is why organizations such as Arts to Grow exist. We bridge the gap between what the school can provide and what our children need.
Arts empower our at-risk youths to connect with themselves. Music gives our children a mean to express emotion in ways words couldn’t. (In fact, music probably communicated more emotion at the inauguration ceremony than any speech.) Teaching Artist David Freeman noted that “Through my work, I have learned that there is a commonality between the needs of all populations. We all need a safe place to express ourselves and a place to be heard.” He also observed great changes students who participated in our music program in the past. ”[They] have developed a respect for themselves, for others, and for the music. When you look at their faces when performing, it says it all.”
If you’d like to support Arts to Grow’s music and other arts program, you can visit our registry for our wishlist of musical instruments and more.
By Jeannie Chan, ATG Volunteer Social Media Manager. When she’s not posting for ATG, Jeannie is passionate brand manager, fueled by intellectual curiosity and caffeine! Connect via Twitter @jeannie_chan.