11 Reasons the Arts are Important
- They are languages that all people speak that cut across racial, cultural, social, educational and economic barriers and enhance cultural appreciation and awareness.
- They integrate body, mind and spirit.
- They provide opportunities for self-expression, bringing the inner world into the outer world of concrete reality.
- They are an opportunity to experience processes from beginning to end.
- They develop both independence and collaboration.
- They provide immediate feedback and opportunities for reflection.
- They make it possible to use personal strengths in meaningful ways and to bridge into understanding sometimes difficult abstractions through these strengths.
- They merge the learning of process and content.
- They improve academic achievement – enhancing test scores, attitudes, social skills, critical and creative thinking.
- They exercise and develop higher order thinking skills including analysis, synthesis, evaluation and “problem-finding.”
- They provide the means for every student to learn.
Every year, the Foundation receives many Excel grant requests for Arts – this year was no exception.
Dindria Barrow is a Special Education Teacher at Highline High School (and a new ex-officio trustee of the Foundation). She wrote in her request:
Why art? My students have difficulty with understanding complex text and with communicating what they are thinking. Art gives them a venue to test out their mental comprehension and explanations. Art goes to the higher levels of thinking by encouraging students to peel back the layers of meaning intended by the artists and to debate its significance. Because art accesses heartfelt responses, students learn to trust their own perspective and learn about others’ while they are improving their vocabulary, sentence structure and voice.
… this grant was not funded.
Heather Bede, the music teacher at Gregory Heights wanted to “upgrade the music curriculum for grades 2-5 to a program called “Gameplan” since the program they are currently using does not align with current standards” … this grant was not funded.
Sara Cliff-Robertson is a teacher at HS3 – Sara’s grant began:
I have begun a Visual Arts and Photography program at HS3 to strengthen the students’ artistic and creative abilities. As you know, the arts has the capability to positively impact student performance in other classes and build critical thinking, problem solving, and cultural awareness skills. Students in the photography course will also link science and art by exploring career fields such as biomedical photography, forensic photography, and photography laboratory sciences.
… this grant was not funded.
It would be wonderful if we had the money to fund every request we received. This year the Foundation distributed over $30,000 in Excel and MAD grants to to the teachers and staff … and our goal is do even more next year!
You will find a list of all the 2011-2012 winners on our website at http://www.highlineschoolsfoundation.org/programs/2011excelgrantwinners.html
If you would like to make a donation, you will find a donate button on our homepage: http://www.highlineschoolsfoundation.org (Highline Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation and your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Tax ID #91-2020506 )
Please let us know how you feel about the ARTS – we would love to hear from you!