Why Support Arts Education Programs
in Our Local Public Schools?
* By working together to create and support arts education programming
in our schools, we are making sure that the children of the LAUSD receive a well rounded education
* By investing in the next generation, we are investing
in our own futures. Students who receive a well rounded education will grow
into well rounded adults, with more career options. Many of them will stay
in the Valley, and will have a lasting impact on our community, elevating the
quality of life for everyone
* By creating and cultivating a culturally literate student population, we
are creating a new generation of adults who will value and support the arts
and culture in Los Angeles. This will ultimately strengthen the economy of
the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles, creating more tourism revenue.
* By fostering creativity in our young people, we are creating deep thinkers,
risk takers, and innovators - all vital elements to a healthy economic future.
* By supporting arts education in public schools, advocates are acknowledging
that there are many different learning styles and that all are valid and necessary.
* By supporting the arts in schools, new learning styles are unleashed. At-risk
students are given an outlet to express themselves. Naturally creative children
are finally given a chance to succeed in school. The more academically inclined
students are challenged to stretch themselves to search for more than the one
right answer which they are conditioned to look for during the current trend
in “skill and drill” styles of teaching.
* By supporting school art programs, we are enhancing school atmospheres. Schools
that value the arts demonstrate that they appreciate student individuality,
beauty, and creativity in learning. Pro-arts schools convey to its students
and their families that they care about the whole child. Schools that have
active arts programs have stronger, happier, higher achieving students. Parent/school
relationships are strengthened, resulting in healthier, active school communities.
* By maintaining year-long arts programs, we are preserving the humanity in
teaching by encouraging teachers to instruct creatively, instead of teaching
by script, which has recently taken over the profession.
* By taking the arts education cause into our own hands, community groups (parents,
artists, business leaders, employees, education advocates) are saying through
our actions that we will no longer wait for the system to change, and that,
together, we have the power to change it ourselves.
First Day of Instruction
Students in Action!