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How To Participate

Chick Corea and New Nile OrchestraYou can help integrate the arts into public education in your community! Encourage your children or students to compose songs, poems, stories, journals, music, dances, plays, or create a quilt, pottery and other crafts, photographs, videos, paintings, sculptures, gourmet meals, maps, maybe even start their own garage band!

Support the teachers’ efforts.
Join the School Board.
Write letters to the editors of your local newspapers, on topics such as:

“What happens to local culture without the arts being taught in schools?”

“What I have observed about my child’s involvement in learning because of music & art”

“Is my child being being “left behind” without enough art and music in the school system?”

Visit these sites and get involved:

MENC: National Association of Music Educators
VH-1 SAVE THE MUSIC
VERMONT ARTS COUNCIL
ADVANCE MUSIC
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP FOR ARTS & CULTURE
AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS
NEW CITY SCHOOL
VERMONT Alliance for the Arts
VERMONT MIDI PROJECT
VISUAL THINKING STRATEGIES
WORDS COME ALIVE
ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE – GRADUATE SCHOOL – ART IN EDUCATION

“The arts are among the resources through which individuals recreate themselves. The work of art is a process that culminates in a new art form. That art form is the recreation of the individual. Recreation is a form of re-creation. The arts are among the most powerful means of promoting re-creation. Those of us who have worked in the arts, who have taught in the arts, who have tried to understand what the arts contribute to the development of human consciousness can feel a sense of pride that our legacy is one that attempts to engender life at its most vital level. The arts make such vitality possible. They are sources of deep enrichment for all of us.”

Elliot W. Eisner
The Arts and the Creation of Mind