The Muncie Symphony Orchestra has joined thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation to celebrate National Arts in Education Week, September 9-15. The MSO has recognized and celebrated the transformative power of arts education through activities that honor the efforts of teachers, artists, and cultural groups working to make the arts a crucial part of education in the lives of community members.
Everyone in the community is encouraged to participate in what has become the country’s largest annual collective celebration of the arts in education. More information on how to find, share, and get involved with celebrations across the country is available at www.NationalArtsInEducationWeek.org.
Advocates work to secure equity in access to arts education and articulate the role of the arts as a pathway to academic success, specifically in the education of students of color, students in rural communities, students who are classified as low-SES, English Language Learners, or those who require special education. Former Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has stated, “This is absolutely an equity issue and a civil rights issue.” A report from the National Center for Education Statistics has found that high-poverty schools are significantly less likely to provide students with access to arts education.
“When students learn through the arts, they flourish in school, in work, and in life,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “It is critical that we keep an ongoing dialogue with elected officials and educational decision-makers about the arts as an essential part of a complete education. Arts in Education Week is the perfect time to recognize and share the message of this impact with friends, family, and community members.”
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.
Even though National Arts in Education Week is over, the MSO is proud to continually provide a variety of music education programs to the Muncie Community throughout the year.