PS 22 Chorus- "Don't Stop Believin'"

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Do We Really Need the Arts?

In this day of school budget cuts, this question sometimes arises - if not spoken aloud, then spoken silently in our collective consciences.  I found this quote the other day while looking at an excellent music education website.  I think it answers this question well, so I would like to offer it here, along with acknowledgement of its author.

Do We Really Need the Arts?

“To create, one must first imagine;  to imagine, one must first learn to see, to listen, to feel, to perceive.  Music and the arts are the cornerstone of education in the broadest sense.  They open our eyes and ears, develop and transform us personally, bond us emotionally with others, and offer a universal bridge of understanding in a troubled world.  John F. Kennedy said it best:  “The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose…and is a test of the quality of a nation’s civilization.”  In this spirit, we present the best in music education for all ages, along with complementary art, dance, creative dramatics, and movement resources, to help restore the arts to the center, where they belong.”

                                                                        -Mary Ann Stewart

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