Celebrate National Arts in Education Week
Art leaders, advocates, educators, and parents – let us celebrate National Arts in Education Week! In 2010, Congress identified the second week of September as an opportunity for arts education supporters to formally acknowledge the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education. This week aligns with the kickoff of Art in Action’s training season, as we welcome the stream of school coordinators and docents coming through our doors each day. AiA programs’ impact on our children is evident, as I listen to stories from grateful docents who believe that arts education is essential in their child’s development.
Docents shared how our program not only enhances student learning; it brings joy not only to the students but also to the docents who teach our program. One docent shared, “I am saddened to hear that there are many schools that can’t afford your program. My kids love Art in Action and look forward to having me and our volunteers come to their classroom – even my own child!” I am heartened to hear that AiA brings joy to children and to the adults who volunteer as our art educators.
We continue to strive towards bringing joy to schools and after school programs who can not afford arts education, but we need your help. $30 provides one child with 12 diverse art lessons each year. If you would like to support our efforts to bring the skills, joy, and rigor of a comprehensive visual arts program to under-resourced schools across the nation go to https://artinaction.org/donate/. Please share this newsletter with others and encourage them to celebrate National Arts in Education Week. – Mary Carbullido