An education in the
arts is not a privilege; it is a right that must be granted to every
child. It is through art that we develop an understanding of ourselves and
the place we hold on earth and in society. It is through art that we may
communicate and understand diverse cultures in a global society. It is
through art that we learn not only what it takes to be human, but what it takes
to be humane. It is through arts education that we offer our children the
tools to be creative and courageous custodians of humanity.
Art is valuable for
arts sake: sequential lessons in the arts (dance, drama/theatre, music and
visual arts) teach children to be problem solving, creative and critical
thinkers. The creative process involves active learning, with requirements
for analysis, reflection, integration and evaluation. Schools that involve
arts education reap superior academic results.
curriculum (arts in every classroom) levels the playing field and closes the gap
between the majorities and the minorities, the wealthy and the impoverished, the
"gifted" learners and the "learning disabled," the
boys and the girls. Integrated arts curriculum leaves no child behind,
approaching multiple intelligences and allowing every child's strength an
opportunity to emerge. Success becomes the norm and children become empowered.
The Alabama State
Council on the Arts embraces arts education as an essential component of
education in the State Of Alabama.
Objectives of the Arts in Education program are: