WHY ARTGIV AND WHY NOW?
With school districts across America facing the deepest budget cuts they've seen since the recession of 2008 the prospects for comprehensive arts education in most public schools appear bleak at best. Even schools with basic programs may lose what they considered to be the minimum.
For schools that have already lost traditional in-house arts programs and have come to rely on the services provided by outside partnering art institutions and organizations, advocates are fearful of their fates as well, with predictions, that many arts organizations could disappear.
WHY DOES ART MATTER IN A WORLD OF TECH?
Art education offers children a break from the traditional way of rote memorization. But more than that, it cultivates creativity, outside the box thinking, and critical thinking through problem solving.
Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork.
Besides, well rounded arts education makes the world a better, happier, and prettier place.