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Arts education programs being implemented in India


The importance of arts education in school is understood around the world.  As India becomes a world power, it’s reviewing its education system. Among the initiatives being put in place, one of which is to provide a more holistic process for their future generations by providing physical education, arts education, and work education in their primary schools.  The program will call for over 6000 part-time teachers to be put in place to provide such programs to ensure an all-around development of children at this critical age.

As the world becomes one global economy, we need to pay attention to how we can prepare our children for their future success.  If the world can recognize the importance of arts education, shouldn’t we?  We must do right by our children.  Learn more about engaging our politicians on this important topic here

Transformative powers of arts


In San Diego, a group of at-risk youth entered a dance studio.  Twelve weeks later, they came out not just as extraordinary dancers, but as just plain extraordinary people.  They didn’t want to be there at first.  But with a persistent teaching artist who stayed positive, the kids fulfilled their potentials.  

Teaching artists, like Molly Puryear in San Diego and the ones we have at Arts To Grow, know that arts hold special transformative powers over our kids.  It gives them a new way to express themselves.  In doing so, they gain self-awareness and confidence.  These can never be measured in standardized tests, and yet these are life skills that our kids must learn in order to succeed in the world.  

Arts To Grow provides a variety of program that supplement our kids education.  Check out our program offering here.  

Arts bring the world to kids


Taft Museum of Art took students from Kentucky to London.  While they talked about what to pack, they never set foot on a plane that would have taken them across the pond.  The students took a four weeks imaginary trip to London through arts.  Taft volunteer docents exposed the students to a whole other world.  No, I’m not talking about England, even though that was the topic of the outreach.  I’m talking about art.  These students rarely have the opportunity to even visit their local art museums, much less foreign countries.  Programs such as the ones put on by Taft Museum of Art bring arts to these students.  In doing so, they bring the world to these kids.

Arts can show kids the world.  We at Arts to Grow have first hand knowledge of this.  We have implemented programs that showed our students a whole other world through arts and music education.  After all, arts provide a universal language for everyone around the world.  When we put African drumming programs in schools, students don’t just learn about drumming.  They learn about culture and ethnics rhythms.  To support our African drumming programs, check out of wish list

Arts replaced violence in school


BBC Reporter Jane O’Brien recently visited a pilot school in Boston and saw first hand the transformative effect of arts education.  

90% of the students at Orchard Gardens Pilot School lives under the poverty line, and some are homeless.  Not too long ago, violence was normal at this failing school.  Students carried weapons and teachers didn’t stay for long.

When Andrew Bott, Principal of Orchard Gardens Pilot School, took over, he fired the security guards and hired arts teachers.  Many advised him at the time to go for a phased approach, but Bott decided to tackle a total transformation.  Anyone who sees the results today, Bott’s bold move appeared to be the right one.  

Orchard Gardens is one of eight schools participating in a test program launched by the Obama administration to invest $2 millions over two years for arts education in the nation’s most poorly performing schools.  So far, while there is no official research, the results in front of our eyes are promising.  

We at Arts to Grow firmly believe in the importance of arts education in schools.  Sadly, six millions children in the US, mostly minorities or living in poverty, has no access to arts education.  We fill the gaps schools leave behind, as budgets continue to get cut.  Help us give access to arts education.  Please consider supporting our mission. 

Doubling down on what works


Last month, National Council on the Arts met and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) revealed their new four-point plan for arts education, under the leadership of new Director of Education Ayanna Hudson.

  1. Double down on what works – leverage investment in programs that have proven to be effective.
  2. Drive National Data & Research Agenda – collect standardized data about resources, frequency, content, and quality in arts education across all 50 states.
  3. Collaborate for Collective Impact – partner with organizations to develop a coordinated national strategy for arts education
  4. Lead the Field – provide the field with arts education resources, information, publications, and professional development.

This framework shows promises for success in driving the arts education agenda.  We look forward to the day when the NEA’s vision of “every student is engaged and empowered through an excellent arts education” is realized. 

Internet offering innovations in arts education

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The story began when Michael Goins found out that the school his son went to no longer provided arts program due to budget cuts. So, taking advantage of his kids art business, he started where he features artists online with videos featuring puppet teachers.

In this economy, arts programs are often cut due to budget constraints.  It is now up to us, parents, community members, artists, to ensure that our children remain engaged in arts.