This week, Americans for the Arts is celebrating National Art Education Week by sharing stories of positive change that has happened #BecauseOfArtsEd.
Here are some first-hand stories from Minnesota telling us what was possible in their classrooms #BecauseOfArtsEd:
#BecauseOfArtsEd: “Students were able to create a sculpture that moved. Their looks of 'there's no way I can make that' to 'wow, look what I made' were the change that I saw." – MN Educator who worked with COMPAS Teaching Artist Anne McFaul Reid
#BecauseOfArtsEd: “Students learned that abstract art is different for everyone, just as personalities are different. The students were very accepting and less critical of the work of others since they understood that each painting was unique. They were very well behaved and open to trying new things. They also learned about this unique abilities and preferences. In addition to being less critical of others, they were also more accepting of their own work.” – MN Educator who worked with COMPAS Teaching Artist Heidi Jeub
#BecauseOfArtsEd: “Mike also somehow got students, who are normally leery of anything that makes them look ‘uncool’ or ‘artsy’ to try new things, to work outside themselves and at least try to achieve what Mike was asking of them.” – MN Educator working with COMPAS Teaching Artist Mike Hazard
Learn more about National Arts in Education Week, and how you can advocate for art education on a national scale here.
How has art education helped you learn and grow? Tell us in the comments!