Spartanburg, SC, September 3rd, 2018 – Chapman Cultural Center and The City of Spartanburg join thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate National Arts in Education Week, September 10-16. National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week that follows the second Sunday of September as National Arts in Education Week. The celebration is intended to bring attention to the cause of arts education for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.
On Aug 27th, 2018 the City of Spartanburg had a proclamation declaring the week following the second Sunday as National Arts in Education Week. City Councilwoman, Erica Brown said: “The City of Spartanburg is delighted to support National Arts in Education Week. Chapman Cultural Center has been an integral piece of educating and benefitting our youth for over 40 years. Through their work, they continue to help foster emotional, social, cognitive and physical growth in our youth which is so important for child development. We celebrate their work and will continue to support the Arts in the City of Spartanburg.”
When intertwining the arts in and through education, research shows that we are better preparing our future leaders to face these challenges. According to a decades-long study, students who participate in the arts during their middle school years are more likely to be civically engaged than their peers who did not have arts education; meaning, they are more likely to vote, more likely to volunteer in their community, and more likely to sit on the board of a nonprofit organization as an adult.
Dr. Al Jeter, District 7 Director of Assessment and Accountability, says: “Artists in Residence and Muse Machine funded by Chapman Cultural Center comes to our students at the various schools. Chapman Cultural Center also sponsors professional performances for our students, often with free admission or for a minimal price. We appreciate the multiple opportunities and experiences made possible for our students.”
Similarly, we know that when schools are arts-rich, educators are more interested in their work and believe they are more equipped of teaching critical thinking skills. This research was conducted by the late James Catterall, to whom this year’s National Arts in Education Week is dedicated.
Angi Powell, 1st Grade Teacher at Pine Street Elementary, added: “Arts integration is a valuable tool. It allows teachers flexibility to present content in creative ways. Students, however, are the ones who benefit the most! Learning through the arts helps increase student memory and recall sequences in literacy.”