Academic journal article Language Arts

Campaign for Artful Resistance: Celebration of the Arts

Academic journal article Language Arts

Campaign for Artful Resistance: Celebration of the Arts

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"Art is my favorite subject in school. I get to use my imagination. I love art." Robert, a third grader, gives voice to a love for learning that is meaningful and makes a large impact on his life. Countless numbers of students at all levels of education express similar feelings.

Theorists and researchers have also established that arts education supports cognitive development, language development, reading achievement, motor development, decision-making skills, memory, and increased cultural awareness (Dickinson, 1997; Lynch, 2013). A core component of John Dewey's vision for Progressive Education was the arts as a process of inquiry that created meaning and pur- pose (Goldblatt, 2006). But arts programs are being eliminated-or greatly reduced-as budgets are cut and funding is being used to purchase programs that prepare students for tests, especially in low-income schools (Hawkins, 2012; Thigpen, 2014).

Save Our Schools (www.saveourschoolsmarch .org) is a national grassroots organization dedicated to the equitable funding for all public schools; an end to high-stakes testing used for the purpose of student, teacher, and school evaluation; teacher, family, and community leadership in forming public education policies; curriculum developed for and by local school communities; and profes- sional, qualified, and committed teachers in all pub- lic schools. Last year, this organization created the Campaign for Artful Resistance (CAR) to heighten public awareness of the importance of the arts. The CAR mantra is, "Think nationally; act locally."

My college embraced CAR by creating a day- long Celebration of the Arts Festival with interac- tive music, improvisational theater, storytelling, poetry, painting, dance, puppetry, and juggling. We were also able to arrange a special performance by Grammy award-winning musician Tom Chapin, a strong supporter of teachers, arts education, and the elimination of high-stakes testing. …

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