Fine Arts is defined in the Encarta Dictionary as being, any art form, for example, painting, sculpture, architecture, drawing, or engraving, that is considered to have purely aesthetic value (Encarta, 2004). The LifeCycles Project Society, a local non-profit group, was contracted to collect data and create an inventory, as well as prepare a draft report that identified opportunities and gaps in Victoria’s current arts and cultural community and made recommendations for future priorities.
She understood that no one can predict how far an individual child may go in a dynamic school system when understanding educators, using all the resources of the community, including fine arts programs, awakens a child’s imagination and interest, thus releasing the secret ingredient of learning, emotional drive.
Both articles agree that the liberal arts education is valuable; in fact, Hacker / Dreifus argue that supposedly impractical studies are a wiser use of college and ultimately a better investment” (¶ 6). Both Ungar and Hacker and Dreifus value a lower student- to-faculty ratio.
In addition, the Foundation continues to ensure that the arts remain inclusive through innovative collaborations including a recent partnership to provide 20,000 NYC public school students with the opportunity to see Hamilton on Broadway By integrating the arts into classroom studies, educational initiatives such as this promise to inspire the next generation of historians, artists, singers and musicians.
Another reason for the lack of arts in the classroom author Victoria Jacobs explains, Given the shrinking budgets of school districts around the country, art specialists and art programs have disappeared from many elementary schools (Jacobs, 1999, p. 4). Fine arts are being seen as non-educational or an extra-curricular activity.