ATG fills the gap left in our President’s challenge


At Arts to Grow, we’re excited that the President continues to elevate the importance of a good education.  It was plainly evident during the State of the Union address.  

I’m announcing a new challenge to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. We’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math – the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future.

We are excited that schools are now energized to revise their curriculum that would allow our kids to stay competitive in this global economy.  While the President has publicly voiced his support for arts education in the past, this challenge fell short of asking for a redesign of our education system that would fully incorporating the arts.  Arts nurture creativity that fuels out-of-the-box thinking.  It is such thinking that will truly empower our kids to compete effectively in this global economy.  While it’s true that many manufacturing jobs are coming back to the States from aboard, in the end, our superior thinking is really our only competitive edge.  We will lead the world because we can innovate.  We can innovate because we are creative individuals. 

As our schools sharpen their focus toward STEM to answer our President’s challenge, Arts to Grow will continue to fill the gap that’s left.  Arts to Grow strives to provide the necessary art education for our kids.  We believe that we play a vital part toward our kids’ future success in this world.  We thank you for your support in our mission.

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.

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About arts2grow

Arts to Grow (ATG) engages children in the artistic process by providing free, highly tailored and professionally taught arts education programs to youth in the New York metro area who have limited access to the arts. Arts to Grow collaborates closely with schools and community groups to match performing and visual arts programs and Teaching Artists with the specific needs of each group of children. ATG serves the community and society by helping children develop their full potential through the arts.

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