We’re working on creating a new brand campaign for the Nevada Alliance for Arts Education (NAAE). The logo you see above is brand spankin’ new, designed by Tony DeVincenzi, and will be released publicly in a new website and PR campaign next month. This isn’t just a project to us – it’s a passion.
Somewhere along the line, in our ever increasingly competitive and materialistic culture, the Arts were dropped from our main educational funding streams. ‘Readin’, ‘Writin’ and ‘Rithmatic became the “holy trinity” of a good education. Little did we know what that shift would eventually cause a lack of understanding that arts are an essential part of being a well-rounded, well-educated person in society.
According to a study recently released by the Maine Alliance of Arts Education, young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days each week through at least one full year are:
• 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
• 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
• 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
• 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
• 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem
And… young artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to:
• Attend music, art, and dance classes nearly three times as frequently
• Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently
• Read for pleasure nearly twice as often
• Perform community service more than four times as often
So why aren’t we funding arts education as a formal and required part of our school systems? In Nevada, we have no State or District-level arts assessment requirements. No certification or licensure requirements for arts teachers or specialists or regular classroom teachers and no state-sponsored school for the arts. Obviously, we need advocacy if we want to make arts education a mainstream part of our culture.
Recently released is a new website that you can quickly visit and register your support:
If we can increase funding through politics, we can fund arts educators, and subsequently – teach our children the value of the arts in every aspect of our lives (including the sciences). This is just the beginning of the NAAE efforts, and we hope to collaborate it closely with many other arts organizations and efforts throughout the state.
As R.E. Allen Chairman & CEO AT&T Corp. has said:
“A grounding in the arts will help our children see; to bring an uniquely human perspective to science and technology. In short, it will help them as they grow smarter to also grow wiser.”
There is a difference between intelligence and wisdom. In today’s world, wisdom is often in shorter supply.