Letter to the Editor 09-13-17

As students begin their school years and we approach the fall in our community, it is important for us to remember the impact of education in our homes, schools, and our community.
For decades, research has shown that when students participate in the arts as a part of their education, they go on to succeed in school, work and life.
Designated by Congress in 2010, the week beginning with the second Sunday in September is National Arts in Education Week: a national celebration of the transformative power of the arts in education.
We encourage all supporters of the arts, culture, and education to join with us as we celebrate how the arts impact our area students every day.
What we know is simple: students attend school more often when they have access to the arts, parents and families engage with the schools when schools embrace the arts, dropout rates decrease, grades increase — and the halls are filled with artwork, songs, drama, and dancing.
We are blessed to live in a community that supports the arts and recognizes the importance of arts education.
Area schools provide arts opportunities that are embraced by our community and led by talented professional educators. We are also proud of our own and other area arts organizations’ education programming that provides additional opportunities both in and out of the classroom.
As we celebrate Arts in Education Week, we cheer for these accomplishments and look with anticipation to sustaining these efforts while striving to find new ways to increase the richness of arts opportunities for our youth, families, and community.
Peggy Grandbois
executive director
The Arts Partnership


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