It is September 2012. Most of us have enjoyed a host of summertime fun — picnics, barbecues, memorable vacations with family or friends. Now, teachers and students alike are facing the fall season and schools across the country are back in session, bustling with a plethora of academic activities.
There’s something else that takes place during the month of September, too. That’s right folks; it is time for National Arts in Education Week, which runs from September 9 to September 15, 2012.
Back on July 26, 2010, the United States House of Representatives officially approved and declared the second week of September to be Arts in Education Week. This annual event was developed in order to show how important the arts are in widening and expanding students’ creativity, and helping them to ultimately become well-rounded and successful individuals.
According to the concurrent resolution passed by the House and the Senate, “Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.” Many educators and community arts organizations across America are passionate about the arts — the Arts Education Partnership acts as a hub, a clearinghouse of information to promote a common vision: keeping arts in the schools!
The National Art Education Association website provides many tools and resources teachers can use to celebrate Arts in Education Week in their classrooms. The NAEA has provided an instructional resource gallery for all age groups as well as ideas and pointers for creating great lesson plans. Information regarding grants, honors awards, and other opportunities within the arts education world are listed on the website as well.
So with all of that said, Happy National Arts in Education Week! Let’s keep the joy and passion for the arts growing.