The best way to increase the way arts education is valued in society is to value it yourself. An Education Week article speaks to the impact of adult attitudes toward math and science and the impact they have on student perceptions, but the same holds true for the arts. The value of creative play does not diminish in adulthood, we just forget how good it feels. Share an arts moment with a child and see how it makes you feel. The impact of that shared experience may fade quickly for you, but will stay with a child far longer. I know the “dress up trunk” will be a prominent fixture in our house, but I must remember to stock it with grown-up sizes too!
HELP MY CHILD’S VOICE BE HEARD
Some of the most compelling testimony about the power of arts education comes directly from students themselves, but without putting words into their mouths, they may need grown-up help being heard. You may be nervous about speaking to the school board, but your child might be ready to go. Creating an arts education video might be overwhelming to you, but second nature to your tech-savvy teen.
What other ways have you found as a parent to advocate for arts education?
Deb Vaughn is the Arts Education/Poetry Out Loud Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission and a mom-to-be.
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of posts revealing what parents can do to advocate for the arts in public schools. In her last entry, Deb provided important data to keep handy when conversations arise about the value of arts education. We’ll have a new post each day this week. This series is expanded from Deb’s recent blog entry for Americans for the Arts.