A well-rounded curriculum that embraces the Arts and Humanities is not a luxury but a necessity in the information age. Young people need to be able to decipher complex digital communications, to appreciate and demand good design in their lives, and to develop a healthy balance in lifelong learning by becoming skilled creators, not just responsible consumers of information in the digital age.
A quality Arts and Humanities program centers on an exploration of the art forms of dance, drama/theater, music and visual arts. Emphasis in these programs is placed on exposing students to a variety of arts through active experiences in all four art forms. K-12 art exploration includes a beginning of literacy development in the arts content areas, simple analysis and critique of the arts, and active creating and performing in the arts.
As we prepare students for success in an increasingly competitive and creative global economy, students who are prepared to formulate, organize, and persuasively augment, communicate, and present their ideas will be equipped for success in any career path they choose. Further, arts not only enriches their lives, but also positively impacts the greater communities in which they choose to live through economic growth and cultural enrichment.
As state education budgets continue to tighten, and as accountability for core academic mastery continues to increase, arts programs are increasingly becoming marginalized. To learn more about the arts, why art matters, art and economic prosperity, and a host of other arts advocacy information, visit www.missouriartscouncil.org.