Participation in curricular arts and music programs is central to both the academic and social development of our youth. Unfortunately, even solid well established curricular arts studies in public schools are often among the first programs cut during challenging budget times and with an increasing focus on test scores. This is despite strong positive correlation between arts and music engagement and elevated academic performance.
After school and community based programs are a nice supplement, but often lack the sustained impact of a sequential curriculum in arts and music that is standards based and that should be available to all of our youth.
We believe the active student participation in a broad arts and music curriculum from year to year is essential to learning, to living a fulfilling life and to the preservation of culture. We believe that continuous school based arts and music programs endow vital skills such as creativity, group collaboration; both adaptive and analytical thinking and a commitment to lifelong learning that are key factors in life success. Finally, we believe that all students at the K-12 level should have the opportunity to engage in vibrant and well-grounded arts programs and thus are committed to focus our efforts on broadening both reach and quality of such programs.