[OregonArts] Gov Kulongoski Proclaims Week of Sept 12, 2010 "Arts in Education Week"

D'Arcy, Christine T christine.t.darcy at biz.state.or.us
Thu Sep 9 09:44:21 PDT 2010

For Immediate Release
September 8, 2010

Contact:               Deb Vaughn, (503) 986-0085, deborah.vaughn at state.or.us<mailto:deborah.vaughn at state.or.us>

Governor Kulongoski Proclaims Arts in Education Week

Governor Ted Kulongoski has proclaimed the week of September 12-18, 2010 "Arts in Education Week," recognizing the vital role arts education plays in the social, physical and creative growth of Oregon students.  His proclamation acknowledges passage of a July 26 US House of Representatives resolution designating the second week in September as "Arts in Education Week."   That resolution confirms that arts education comprises a rich array of disciplines, including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.   The proclamation is available online<http://www.oregonartscommission.org/support_for_the_arts/programs/pdf/Gov%20Proclamation%20Arts%20Ed%20Week%209-2010.pdf>.

"The arts enrich life.  They are important in their own right," said Oregon State School Board Chair Duncan Wyse.  "They are critical for nurturing creativity and achieving a broader set of education goals in core academic areas. "

The Arts Commission encourages Oregonians to mark the role of the arts in their communities and schools during the week of September 12, 2010 and to be active advocates for arts education for all students, even at a time when many school arts programs are being reduced or eliminated.

 "The arts create a unique and valuable springboard for transforming the educational environment, both through integration with other core subjects and through the pursuit of discipline-specific studies.  As the school year starts, this week offers schools and communities the opportunity to celebrate the role of the arts," said Deb Vaughn, Arts Education Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission.

Some activities to mark Arts in Education Week have already been announced:
Oregon Ballet Theatre: "Fall.ART.Live," Director Park, Portland, Sep. 12, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Oregon Symphony: "Symphony Storytime" and instrument petting zoo, Beaverton Public
Library, Sep. 15, 10:30 am -11: 30 am
John G. Shedd Institute: "Welcome Back to [Music] School," Eugene, Sep. 10, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Right Brain Initiative: "Show and Tell" mobile, multimedia exhibit,
Portland Public Schools Blanchard Education Service Center, Sep. 9-10, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sep. 13, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Portland Children's Museum, Sep. 14 - Oct. 3, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tues. - Sun.

More events are listed on the Arts Commission's arts education online forum:  www.oregonartscommission.org/oaec/forum<http://www.oregonartscommission.org/oaec/forum>.

Americans for the Arts will coordinate activity on a national level and will host an Arts Education blog salon, http://blog.artsusa.org<http://blog.artsusa.org/tag/salon-arts-ed-10/>, featuring guest posts by Sarah K. Collins, a University of Oregon graduate student.

Additionally, AFTA encourages citizens to "pledge" to testify before their local school board about the importance of arts education. Anyone can "pledge" at http://artsactionfund.org/page/s/artsedweek10.  Twitter users can join the #artsed chat on Twitter every Thursday at 4 pm PT to offer suggestions about promoting local events tied to Arts in Education Week.
More online resources are available:
National Arts Education Partnership        http://aep-arts.org/artsineducationweek.html
Arts USA                                                              http://artsusa.org/networks/arts_education/001.asp

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Sponsored by Congresswoman, Rep. Jackie Speiers (D-California), the resolution states many important advocacy messages that the arts education field has been touting for years including:
"Whereas arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students...
Whereas arts education enables students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, imagination and creativity, discipline, alternative ways to communicate, and express feelings and ideas, and cross-cultural understanding, which supports academic success across the curriculum as well as personal growth outside the classroom;

Whereas the nonprofit arts sector is an economic engine and plays a significant role in the economic health of communities large and small with direct expenditures of wages and benefits as well as goods and services;
Whereas attracting and retaining the best teachers is vital and can be achieved by ensuring that schools embrace the arts, becoming havens for creativity and innovation..."

The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (Oregon Business Development Department in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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