Last March the NAA participated in Arts Matter Advocacy Day in Boston. We listened in the Emerson College Auditorium to the many local organizations who, as we do, strongly support the continued funding of the arts in our communities. Most striking were the voices of the young people who took to the stage and told personal stories of how the arts had changed their lives for the better. It wasn't as if we were unaware of the importance of art education, we were there and ready to march to the Statehouse to engage our representatives in the importance of continued and increased funding for the arts. But listening to these young people cemented our dedication and underscored what we needed share with our representatives.
Exposure to the arts affects the values of young people, making them more tolerant and empathetic.
“We suspect that their awareness of different people, places, and ideas through the arts helps them appreciate and accept the differences they find in the broader world. Arts experiences boost critical thinking, teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world. Noticing details in paintings during a school tour, for example, helps train students to consider details in the future.” J.P. Greene Education Week
Below is a list from The Arts and the Creation of Mind, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows by Elliot Eisner
1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it
is judgment rather than rules that prevail. (1)
2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution
and that questions can have more than one answer.
3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving
purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.
7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
10. The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young
what adults believe is important.
In this milestone video below, the National Endowment for the Arts' highlights their commitment to arts education, featuring NEA grantee Center of Creative Arts (COCA) and interviews with performer/writer Larry Wilmore, NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., and NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman.
The NAA is pleased to showcase our very own Young and Budding Artists.
Our annual art exhibition is open to all students grades K -12. The show runs March 9 - March 31. Opening Reception: Sunday, March 11, 2-4p.m.
The NAA's Artlink 2018 Scholarships
For area schools graduating seniors have been posted in the Guidance Offices of the Newburyport High School, Pentucket Regional High School, Triton Regional High School, Amesbury High School, and Ipswich High School. Graduating seniors must be planning to pursue art, art education, and/or art management at the college/university level.
In addition, the Hemphill Family Foundation is offering a very special opportunity to a rising junior or senior to attend the residential Summer Studio Program at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design – don’t miss out!
Due date for all applications is March 30, 2018. Forms link here with further information on our website.
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(1) SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications. NAEA grants reprint permission for this excerpt from Ten Lessons with proper acknowledgment of its source and NAEA.