Although there are many advantages to art careers, there are some negative aspects that you may want to consider. We need to strive to prepare our students for a world that is not one full of specific answers, as in the world of school assessments, but rather life issues that require evaluation, understanding, application of knowledge, and critique, in order to obtain the full view of the issue at hand (Burchenal, 2008).
Maxine Greene pulls the contribution of an arts education to this freedom into sharp focus- it is through the arts that we bring into being the possibility of that freedom, to be able to see the potential for change, through imagination..and this guy Neitzsche said that existence has no meaning without an understanding and appreciation for aesthetics.
Many of these models are based on new findings in brain research and cognitive development, and they embrace a variety of approaches: using the arts as a learning tool (for example, musical notes to teach fractions); incorporating arts into other core classes (writing and performing a play about, say, slavery); creating a school environment rich in arts and culture (Mozart in the hallways every day) and hands-on arts instruction.
Ironically, though, the successful culmination of the Civil Rights movement in 1968 that earned Blacks the right to vote, broke down the barriers of segregation and offered important protections against racial discrimination and new opportunities, actually threatened HBCUs leading to their third era (one of threats to their viability and even survival, despite government aid through Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965) as enrollment as a percentage of Blacks plunged.
As the economic needs of the state have evolved, so has the urgency to provide our students with an education that will best prepare them for the workforce of tomorrow, one that will require the learning and innovation skills that are taught most effectively through the arts: invention, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and reasoning, self-direction, communication, and collaboration.