Why is Art important?

The visual arts provide opportunities to enhance critical thinking skills and challenge students to analyze, evaluate and create. Using rigor and relevance, students in the visual arts will understand concepts and develop an identity through their artwork, by experimenting with new ideas, learning from mistakes, and envisioning solutions to complex problems. These skills are also valued by employers, as the 21st century job market continues to develop, creativity will always be a highly sought after skill.

Art Quotes:
"There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence; transform a yellow spot into the sun." - Pablo Picasso, artist (1881-1973)

"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for." - Georgia O'Keeffe, artist (1887-1986)

"I think the arts are perhaps singularly the most neglected part of our educational structure today. And there are some of us who really do believe that an education in the arts is not expendable. It is not extraneous. It is not extracurricular. It is essential. And without it, a student is not getting a full, complete, and total education." - Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas Governor

"My husband and I believe strongly that arts education is essential for building innovative thinkers who will be our nation's leaders for tomorrow. It's our hope that we can all work together to expose, enrich and empower Americans of all ages through the arts." - Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States




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