“The future of our nation depends on our ability to create and be creative. During the coming decades, our most important natural resource will be human resources. If our nation is to continue to meet the challenges of the future, today’s schools need to develop creative leaders.”
John. F Kennedy
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
This program philosophy is adapted from the National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning. National Coalition for Core Arts Standards.
The arts have always served as the distinctive vehicle for discovering who we are as individuals and as a society. Providing ways of thinking as disciplined as science or math and as disparate as philosophy or literature, the arts are used by and have shaped every culture and individual on earth. They continue to infuse our lives on nearly all levels - generating a significant part of the creative and intellectual capital that drives our economy. The arts inform our lives with meaning every time we experience the joy of a well-remembered song, experience the flash of inspiration that comes with immersing ourselves in an artist’s sculpture, enjoying a sublime dance, learning from an exciting animation, or being moved by a captivating play.
The fact that the arts provide important touchstones confirms their value to the development of every human being. Nurturing our children, then, necessarily means that we must provide all of them - not just those identified as “talented” - with a well-rounded education that includes the arts. By doing so, we are fulfilling the college and career readiness needs of our students, laying the foundations for the success of our schools and, ultimately, the success of our nation.