We Have Been Working Hard to Share Our Vision!
We are excited to announce the launch of our new website!
We have some very large goals and with the support of our community, we are enthusiastic about our ability to achieve those goals. To us, art is more than something to do, it is a way of looking at the world. Art is expression, laughter, sadness, light, dark, and everything in between. Art is our morning cup of coffee and a beautifully arranged endcap in the produce department. Art is everything, even in the lives of people who don't believe to be artistic. How one sees the world is art and therefore everyone and everything is artistic.
We believe it is important for everyone to have the ability to express themselves through different artistic means. We believe life is better when you can express yourself. This is why we feel the need to act. Art programs are the first to be cut when schools need to cut their budgets. Schools everywhere are starting to cut art classes from their school curriculum. They believe art classes to be less important than other academics. This may be true on paper, but this is not the case in real life.
The benefits of art education go way beyond learning how to draw. There are studies that indicate that studying art education often has a positive effect on overall student achievement. Based on findings in Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development1 the major types of benefits associated with art education and student achievement are:
- Reading and language skills
- Cognition (thinking skills)
- Social Skills
- Overall motivation to learn
- Creates a positive school environment
Our goal is to support art education and the artist community as a whole. By doing this we believe it is possible to make an enormous positive impact on our youth and our community as a whole. Please help us to accomplish our goals and support art with a purpose.
Deasy, Richard J. (editor) (2002), Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Achievement and Social Development, Washington, DC: AEP.