KEEPING ARTS ALIVE THROUGH
Oklahomans for the Arts believes every child in Oklahoma should have access to quality arts education and arts curriculum taught by a qualified teacher. We believe arts education should be ongoing and meaningful and tied to learning in other critical subjects like English, science and math.
It is also important to make arts education part of your advocacy efforts. Here are some things you can do to help make sure the arts are part of core curriculum in your local school.
Start with the principal at your local school. What is the status of arts education? Is there a dedicated teacher?
Contact your local school board member. Find out where they stand on arts education. Find your school board representatives by calling your local school board or check online.
Become your school's arts advocate on the parent-teacher council. Ask for an arts-related update at every meeting.
2011 Report: Reinvesting in Arts Education from the President's Committee on Arts and the Humanities
In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities....the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.
WHY ARTS EDUCATION
The Arts are Essential. They play a central role in cognitive, motor, language, and social-emotional development.
The Arts are Engaging. They motivate and engage children in learning, stimulate memory, facilitate understanding, enhance symbolic communication, promote relationships, and provide an avenue for building competence.
The Arts are Motivating. They decrease young people’s involvement in delinquent behavior, enhances academic outcomes for disadvantaged children, and improve students’ attitudes about themselves and their future.
The Arts are Preparation. They help prepare our students for the expectations of the twenty-first century workforce, which include the ability to innovate, communicate and collaborate.
The Arts are Core. They are mandated by the State of Oklahoma.
The Arts are Innovation. The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation. None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be or where the new jobs will come from. Thirty years ago, we couldn’t know that something called the Internet would lead to an economic revolution. For more information on advocating for arts education or to schedule a speaker for your group, please contact Jennifer, OFTA Director, 405.413.1175.