In 2010, US House Resolution #275 designated the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week,” a time to focus a national spotlight on arts education and publically recognize and celebrate the positive impact arts education has for our students, schools, and communities. This week the Chatham Arts Council and Chatham County Schools join millions of Americans nationwide in celebrating National Arts in Education Week.
We are excited that Mayor Terry of Pittsboro, Mayor Grimes of Siler City, Dr. Jordan and the Chatham County Schools Board of Education and even Governor McCrory have issued proclamations and resolutions in support!
Research has demonstrated consistently better outcomes for students highly involved in the arts, including better grades, less likelihood of dropping out, more positive attitudes about school, and greater levels of civic engagement. These same studies show that high levels of arts participation make the greatest difference for economically disadvantaged students. Creativity and innovation are the new watchwords in almost every career field and these skills are crucial to prepare our children for success in the 21st century. [Visit http://www.artsedsearch.org to learn more.]
Join us! Honor the dedicated teachers and teaching artists involved in this important work. Encourage kids’ participation in the arts. Volunteer. Attend a school performance. Make a contribution. Advocate for strong arts education programs for all students.