Encouraging all communities to celebrate the arts with meaningful activities and programs for students, teachers, and the public
StoryThe Metropolitan King County Council today drew attention to the importance of arts education for the 300,000 students in King County’s 722 schools and 18 school districts by declaring May as Arts Education Month in King County.
“Learning about the arts is as important to a child’s education as reading, writing, and arithmetic,” said Councilmember Larry Phillips, prime sponsor of recognition. “Children with exposure to a diverse arts education grow up with the cognitive skills and ingenuity to enrich their community and work successfully in a variety of fields.”
“Arts education is still a valuable part of youth education,” said Councilmember Jane Hague, co-sponsor of the recognition. “Those who work so hard to make a great arts education possible deserve our appreciation.”
“Incorporating the arts into school curriculum is an effective way to engage students, improve academic performance and retain students in school who might otherwise drop out,” said Councilmember Kathy Lambert, a former public school teacher. “We are fortunate to have a community so rich in fine and performing arts and cultural institutions that share their vision with students. When finances are short, arts often are the first things to be cut from budgets, but we applaud the advocates who tirelessly remind us how arts education is valuable and essential for student success.”
The arts, including dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, are defined as a core content area in Washington State’s definition of basic education, and are considered an essential component of a complete education that should be provided for all students. Education in the arts enables students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, imagination and creativity, discipline, alternate ways of communicating and expressing feelings and ideas, and cross-cultural understanding—thereby supporting academic success across the curriculum, as well as personal growth outside the classroom.
King County invests in arts and heritage education through 4Culture, a public development corporation chartered by county government to promote arts and heritage programs for all King County residents and visitors.
The members of the Metropolitan King County Council are joined by representatives of King County’s Arts Community after the council declared May Arts Education Month in King County
Read the Proclamation