The arts inspire students to investigate the inter-relatedness of academic subjects; develop individual creativity; learn problem solving skills; and understand varied cultures. The arts help teach other subjects; represent a holistic approach to learning; promote self-discipline and self-reliance; develop students’ internal standards and sense of quality and excellence. The arts create the courage and capacity to make subjective judgments; encourage the examination of divergent viewpoints; teach presentation skills; offer lifetime skills for expression; and pass on our collective cultural experience.
Therefore, we believe there should be a program committed to sharing and teaching the skills, techniques and love of the arts to students – a program that establishes a climate for creative learning where self-expression is encouraged within all the academic disciplines and is now supported by all the arts; visual, performing and literary. We have the capacity to implement this now.
Visit the Teaching Artists area to learn about the people the Arts Council employs to integrate art into the school curriculum. Click on Arts Education link above for the drop down menu.