Sharing Values and Beliefs
An education in the arts benefits society because students of the arts gain powerful tools for understanding human experiences, both past and present. They learn to respect the often very different ways others have of thinking, working, and expressing themselves. They learn to make decisions in situations where there are no standard answers. By studying the arts, students stimulate their natural creativity and learn to develop it to meet the needs of a complex and competitive society. And, as study and competence in the arts reinforce one another, the joy of learning becomes real, tangible, and powerful.”
In an introduction to Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning, a report issued jointly by The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and The Arts Education Partnership in 1977, Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley stated, “Through engagement with the arts, young people can better begin lifelong journeys of developing their capabilities and contributing to the world around them. The arts teach young people how to learn by giving them the first step: the desire to learn…As the researchers discovered, learning in the arts can not only impact how young people learn to think, but also how they feel and behave…young people can be better prepared for the 21st century through quality learning experiences in and through the arts.” Riley also said, “The process of studying and creating art in all of its distinct form defines those qualities that are at the heart of education reform in the 1990s - creativity, perseverance, a sense of standards, and above all a striving for excellence.”
Interpersonal Teacher-Child-Parent interaction
Children, parents and teachers are encouraged and offered incentives to go to jardingalerie.org website to participate at the Virtual Gallery’s ongoing programs.