Thoughts on The Arts and Arts Education

"The creative arts are the measure and reflection of our civilization. They offer many children an opportunity to see life with a larger perspective...The moral values we treasure are reflected in the beauty and truth that is emotionally transmitted through the arts. The arts say something about us to future generations."

   –Ann P. Kahn, Former President of The National PTA

"In the push for quality math, science, technical, humanities, and other programs, please be sure that the arts are not ignored or pushed to one side. Provide your political support for the total curriculum. The arts enrich all of us."

   –Dr. Richard Miller, Executive Director American Association of School Administrators

"I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare."

   -Maya Angelou

“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”

   –Steve Jobs, in introducing the iPad 2 in 2011

"A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate."

   –Paul Ostergard, Vice President, Citicorp

“In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities….the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.”

   -Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

   -Albert Enistein

"To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country." 

   -George Washington

"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain."

   -John Adams

"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create."

   –President Barack Obama 

“The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it. Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation.”

   -Michelle Obama

"Now in schools across the United States, Artful Learning is a proven educational model. According to a 2009 report by CRESST (National Center for Research on Evaluation Standards and Student Testing) at UCLA, Artful Learning has seen an increase by 9 percent, 12 percent and 16 percent in Language Arts, Mathematics and Reading respectively. The report also reveals that students improve in writing, reading and mathematics regardless of demographics and socio-economic standings."

   -Alexander Bernstein