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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 2:18 pm

In 2010, Congress designated the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. Mark your calendars for September 8-14, as the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission, along with the community, celebrates the transformative power of the arts in education. We want to raise awareness of why arts education is important, why there is a critical need for arts education funding in our community, and to encourage giving to arts education programs.

To start, we would like to share with you 10 reasons why integrating the arts is important:

Working in the arts helps learners to develop creative problem-solving skills.

Teaching through the arts can present difficult concepts visually, making them easier to understand.

Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.

Visual arts teach learners about color, layout, perspective, and balance: all techniques that are necessary in presentations (visual, digital) of academic work.

Integrating art with other disciplines reaches students who might not otherwise be engaged in classwork.

Arts experiences boost critical thinking, teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world.

The arts provide challenges for learners at all levels.

Art education connects students with their own culture as well as with the wider world.

A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair, or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.

A 2010 study in Missouri found that greater arts education led to fewer disciplinary infractions and higher attendance, graduation rates, and test scores.

On Sept. 2, Coronado City Council will proclaim September 8-14 National Arts in Education Week in Coronado. Over the next few weeks, visit CoronadoARTS.com to learn more about the arts education programs in our schools and how you can participate. Plan on attending events during the week to highlight the arts in Coronado – we guarantee they will be art-filled.

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