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September 14, 2015

WEEK 25 OF ACTION: ARTS IN EDUCATION

by PBUnitedWay
kids need art

Maxine Greene (educational philosopher, educator, and author) explained it best when she said, “the arts, it has been said, cannot change the world, but they may change human beings who begin to change the world.”

  • Multiple studies have concluded that curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help keep high-risk dropout students stay in school.
  • Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.
  • Students show growth in technical skills as well as a heightened sense of enjoyment, fulfillment, and stress relief.

You might not know this but in July of 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week in September as “Arts in Education Week.”

There are amazing programs that contribute to arts in education right here, namely a few from the Milagro Center in Delray Beach, such as their STARS and OUTREACH programs impacting youth all over the county.   

Milagro’s strategy uses cultural arts as the hook to engage and motivate students. In combination, these elements help their students achieve success in school and in their personal lives.  And with a six-year 98% annual grade promotion rate in STARS and a three-year 100% grade promotion rate for their Teen Program; the evidence is that ART WORKS. Arts have a positive effect on young lives; increasing creativity, critical thinking, communication and expressive skills as well as increasing self-esteem and teamwork.

Milagro’s programs are unique for the following reasons: the longevity of student involvement, usually several years; they are an organic part of the neighborhood; they have innovative arts and values education taught by professional artists, certified teachers, and experts in their professional or artistic fields; not to mention an on-site art gallery that opened last year.

This week, learn something new in the Arts, share a skill to a child you know, donate supplies to a local school to help cover the cost of supplies that may limit the growth for these children, do something to benefit the arts in education, and release your inner child, let your creative juices flow, and see how many benefits you reap.

So Hello Monday – Let’s Do This!

Help spread the word about the Town of Palm Beach United Way on social media for a chance to win a GoPro! Contest details: http://www.palmbeachunitedway.org/LikeUs

And, please share with us how you made your week count. No, it doesn’t need to take place on Monday – Monday just gets us excited about what the week has to offer, what we (ourselves) have to offer.

  1. Follow us on: icons
  2. Look for the weekly theme on all of our social media throughout the day on Mondays
  3. Photograph, video, post, tweet about your experience
  4. Remember to tag @PBUnitedWay and use the weekly hashtags

We have an AWESOME community, let’s embrace it, make an impact — IT’S MONDAY, LET’S DO THIS!

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