There is little use in pretending we have anything on our minds but the impending battle for state arts funding. In the AIE Program, you will join a diverse cohort of visual artists, musicians, museum educators, nonprofit arts advocates, actors, teachers, and writers who believe that the arts not only have intrinsic societal value, but also multiple roles in youth education and healthy development.
We know that art provides a universal language that gives voice to individuals and communities and is accessible across social boundaries; it is vitally important that our students are empowered to gain ownership of the arts in their city so that they can actively participate in the production of and reflection on culture in order to advocate for themselves and their communities.
Yes, Virginia, there are boogey men who are suggestion complete elimination of the NEA, NEH, and public radio and TV. And in North Carolina, rumors are flying that the General Assembly is considering appointing a committee to consider elimination of all grant funding to all non-profit organizations.
The most interesting case study in this analysis involved the schools of Sampson, North Carolina, where for two years in a row their standardized test scores rose only in the schools that implemented the arts education in their school district (Swan-Hudkins, 2003).
To provide opportunity and inspiration for substantive dialogue on the issues facing the arts in education community, CtC brings together professionals and supporters of the field from all over the world for regional meetings around the U.S. and larger conferences on the HGSE campus.