Youth & Education
Art education is vital to our community and its children. It helps build academic skills, increases academic performance, improves self-esteem, and builds creative skills that are increasingly important in a competitive workplace environment. We should actively work with the school system and institutions of higher education to create innovative programs for young people to engage in arts and cultural internship opportunities that can also satisfy academic credits. This would allow for connections with our existing arts community and help foster the next generation of local artists.
Community arts groups should work to encourage the use of the statewide arts curriculum learning standards as a guide to create arts and cultural activities within each of our schools so that every child has the opportunity for creative expression every school day.