ERIC Number: EJ791524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Creating a Brighter Workforce with the Arts
Lynch, Robert L.
School Administrator, v65 n3 p26-28 Mar 2008
The reality of life in the 21st century is that the skills associated with artistic practices--creative thinking, self-discipline, collaboration and innovation--are skills that are in great demand. In fact, in a rapidly changing global economy, the skills the arts teach may be mandatory for everyone's success. Arts education not only provides artistic training, but teaches children creativity, spatial thinking and abstract reasoning, all critical skill sets for tomorrow's software designers, scientists, entrepreneurs and engineers. Parents and educators can feel optimistic that their arts-educated kids will have a clear shot at being employed in the arts-related, creative industries, as well as in the new innovative 21st century economy. To effectively prepare students for the new workplace, schools must consider investing in their own creative workforce. Students throughout their preK-12 academic career will need access to the knowledge and skills in the arts that only specialists in music, theatre, visual arts and dance can provide. The presence of trained arts specialists not only ensures sustained and quality student engagement in various artistic disciplines, but also promotes collaboration with classroom teachers to draw connections between the arts and other subject areas. America's nonprofit arts industries can be important partners for school leaders. Reaching out to local arts industry leaders can benefit schools in many ways, from partnering to find new resources, to linking schools with artists and community arts resources, to engaging in service learning projects, to advocating for the arts programs to the greater community.
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, Art Education, Employment Opportunities, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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