Monday, September 12, 2011

Arts in Education Week

“Whereas art is integral to the lives of United States citizens and essential to the health and vitality of communities and the Nation…”

Happy Arts in Education Week! In July 2010 the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week.” The resolution (H.Con.Res. 275, excerpted above) was proposed and introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier from California. Representatives from all over the country supported the resolution, and many made comments about why the arts are important to the nation’s children and why they themselves cared so deeply. In light of the economic circumstances in July 2010, this gesture was not a small one, but it still takes action to make things happen.

So, how can you help celebrate Arts in Education Week? The wonderful people at the Arts Education Partnership have put together some ideas and we’d love to hear what you can think of. Leave us a comment below!

How are we celebrating at Boston Lyric Opera? Well, we will have special features on our blog and social media all week. And on Thursday and Friday we will have live updates from our Education & Community Programs Manager, Julie House, who is attending the Arts Education Partnership’s conference in San Francisco to learn about Transforming Urban School Systems Through the Arts.

By the way, if you know of a college or graduate student looking to get some experience in arts education, BLO is looking for an Education & Community Programs Intern to spend the season with us. What better way is there to celebrate?

Happy art-making!

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