What was intended on being a quick, few sentence, facebook status turned into a longer missive.
Please contact your elected officials here: http://capwiz.com/artsusa/issues/alert/?alertid=32534501
And feel free to copy and paste any of the below text into your letters.
Sandra Brown & Sarah Burt
WSW Marketing Cohorts
Why Art-in-Education MATTERS!
Art is not a dispensable component of a well-rounded education. It should not be trimmed off as “excess” during dire fiscal straits, removing art-making and creativity from the class room will further weaken our education system, leaving the next generation with more challenges and less tools in their kit for constructing a healthy and enriched adulthood.
Art-education helps youth channel their energy toward positive directions, it teaches them to seek a constructive outlet. Art-education teaches students to create and navigate visual representations of concepts and symbol systems, further developing skills for understanding and interpreting the world around them. Art builds confidence. It lets students express themselves and feel accomplished and successful in a way that can not be found in rote memorization and step-by-step instruction.
The arts are not an extraneous subject because they enhance and complete the learning experience as a whole. Curriculums all over the country are being reduced to worksheets and memorization with a focus on test-scores, but learning is more successful through doing and experiencing, the arts provide a platform to explore other subjects, like math, science, or history, in a hands-on environment. Every child learns differently, cutting art-education will punish students who need visual-learning to crystallize concepts in other subjects areas.
Please tell congress that art-education matters, tell them not to terminate arts education programs and Cut the NEA . It’s been said before: children are the future. But it is up to us, today and now, to ensure they have what they need to make that future successful.