If we asked you to tell us what you think education is, would you include the arts?
The arts are very important! The arts enhance creativity... They help students develop critical intellectual skills. The arts teach teamwork! Children learn tolerance and understanding of others, so important these days...
The problem is, not all schools give arts the credit they deserve, especially in low income communities.
And that's the reason Arts Corp was created... Arts Corps was founded in 2000 as a strategy to bring out-of-school arts and creative engagement to low income communities, in recognition of the decline of arts education and the under engagement of youth in out-of-school settings.
To talk about Arts Corps and their programs we recently invited Elizabeth Whitford, their Executive Director, and Monica Elenes, recent student alumnus and current classroom assistant.