These days, many Americans doubt that the benefits of art education are worth the time compared to math, science and technology. US companies continue to expand their online operations, requiring more and higher quality technical expertise. The future of the American labor force is often thought to be found in STEM subjects and common core classes.
Should art be abandoned altogether? Experts, researchers, and teachers insist that our future citizens and employees need art skills now more than ever.
Art education provides students with a variety of unique skills and methods of approaching learning that can’t be taught any other way. Art education is critical to create the kinds of dynamic, innovative, and intercultural individuals that the ever-changing landscape of work now requires.
Chicago Public Schools has changed its attitude towards art education in recent years. They have begun to re-invest in funding art programs across the city, because CPS knows that the benefits of art education are many and impactful. In 2012, CPS formed the Arts Education Plan (AEP), to increase access and equity to art education in their schools.
Let’s explore some benefits of CPS arts programs and education.
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