why arts education matters

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia Explains Why the Arts Matter
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Dana Gioia discusses — in dynamic and cogent terms — why the arts matter. The power of art, he says, is to “open up possibilities of existence that otherwise never touch everyday life.” As chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, he says that we live in a society and economy “which does not support the arts at any public level.” Gioia contends that artists and intellectuals themselves are partially to blame for not communicating the reasons why art matters to the broader community. He argues we must encourage arts education — not to produce more artists — but to help create complete human beings. If the U.S. is to prosper in the 21st Century, Gioia says, it will be through creativity, innovation, and ingenuity — all nourished by the arts.

Recorded before a live audience at Barnsdall Art Park as part of the Zócalo Public Square Lecture Series.

You can go here and read his commencement address to 2007 Stanford graduates.


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  1. oh, don’t get me started. this is one of my FAVORITE topics because here, art and music are always the first things to be cut when funds dwindle. James Catterall is one of the leading figures in the U.S. in the field of arts and education research, and thanks to the results of his studies, he believes that participation in arts activities gives students motivation and enhances their desire to learn.

    “Through surveys, interviews, classroom observations, focus groups, and case studies, Catterall and his colleagues have noted that the participating schools have not only seen among their students that the interest in the arts escalates, but teachers have reported that ‘students in CAPE classrooms are more motivated to learn and more engaged in learning; they participate and collaborate more; and they are more confident learners who comprehend, retain, and transfer more information and skills.'”

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