Thanks to a push from COMPAS, Governor Mark Dayton has declared September 11-17, 2011 as Arts in Education Week (that’s right – you just found out about it, and it’s already almost over).
COMPAS works with artists and schools to created arts education opportunities for students. In conjunction with the governor’s proclamation, COMPAS is offering a free artist residency in a Minnesota school. You can find out all the details here.
Oh, and because I just love the formal language of these things, here’s what the Arts in Education Week proclamation says:
WHEREAS: The State of Minnesota recognizes the arts, defined as dance, music, theatre, literature, media, and visual arts, as a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students; and
WHEREAS: Education in the arts fosters discipline, creativity, imagination, self-expression, cross-cultural understanding, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills which support academic success across the curriculum, as well as personal growth outside the classroom; and
WHEREAS: The arts can transform our schools into havens of creativity and exploration–places where students want to learn, teachers want to teach, and all members of the learning community are more engaged and motivated and
WHEREAS: High quality, school-based arts education involves a wide range of partners, including educators, parents, artists, arts organizations, community members, and local and statewide organizations; and
WHEREAS: We applaud the efforts and dedication of arts educators and advocates around the state, and call for school and community leaders to continue to broaden and strengthen their efforts to provide arts education for every student, in every school, in every year.
NOW, THEREFORE, I MARK DAYTON, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim the week of September 11-17, 2011 as ARTS IN EDUCATION WEEK in the State of Minnesota.