National forum focuses on art’s role in improving education

Sep 10, 2014 by

Antara Cleetus is only 11 years old, but she already has opinions about arts education.

“It’s just like we learn reading. We learn math. We learn science. Art is another way to learn more.

“You can be creative. You can explore. Like writing, it’s a way to express yourself and makes you unique,” she said.

At the Arts Education Partnership National Forum this week in Pittsburgh, Antara, a sixth-grader at Boyce Middle School in Upper St. Clair, will receive the group’s Young Artist Award.

The Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and the U.S. Department of Education formed the partnership, based in Washington, D.C., in 1995. It now is part of CCSSO.

Antara is being honored for her colorful painting, which was made with acrylic paint and markers, of a Hindu goddess, who has a third eye, known as an inner eye, and whose headdress includes the words “believe,” “dream” and “inspire.”

“I think that if you really believe, dream and inspire, you can change the world,” Antara said.

On Thursday and Friday at the Marriott City Center Hotel, about 300 educators, leaders and policymakers will be looking at how the arts can improve education.

Topics range from using the arts to close the opportunity gap to the role of the arts in enhancing student engagement.

Musical theater students from Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 will perform. Speakers include Jane Chu, chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

via National forum in Pittsburgh focuses on art’s role in improving education – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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