This program provides students with arts learning experiences that spark creativity, imagination, and innovation. Masons up and down the state concluded that it was important to save public education, make it better than ever before, and prove to our communities that Masons believe that a successful system of free public education is essential to the continuation of a free society.
We needed to assess what the art academy was now and also to review our own practise within it. The Mill had access to a large warehouse and we rented a mezanine level in it for a summer school, and spent the summer working on our own stuff, sharing ideas, having crits and trying to decide what to do next.
Former Secretary of Education, William Bennet wrote, The arts are essential elements of education just like reading, writing, and arithmetic Music, dance, painting, and theater are keys to unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment (Swann-Hudkins, 2002).
Outdoor education activities consists of hikes, wall climbing, archery, practical science, swimming (which is a important life skill), canoeing, astronomy, tent pitching, yoga, horse-riding (would that not be interesting?) and so on. Such activities proves the students’ test scores, average grade points, skills in problem solving, critical thinking ability and decision making competency.
This statement articulates the purpose and value of arts education in the balanced curriculum of all students, asserts its place as a core academic subject area, and details how sequential arts learning can be supported by rigorous national standards and assessments.