Public School Education: Losing the Arts Teacher

The Arts

The Arts

Unfortunately, the arts education in public schools is taking a serious hit with budget cut after budget cut. Some schools are attempting to battle this with the use of “Traveling Arts Teachers”.  KPCC reporter, Mary Plummer, profiles one of these teachers, Linda Mouradian, a traveling music teacher.

Check out the article here: http://www.scpr.org/blogs/education/2013/11/11/15124/strings-on-the-move-traveling-music-teacher-serves/

These teachers however do not reach all the students.  There is only 216 traveling art teachers to serve the Los Angeles Unified School District’s 271,577 elementary students.

Arts are important in child development and help with motor skills, language development, decision-making, visual learning, inventiveness, cultural awareness, and improved academic performance.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-importance-of-art-in-child-development/

With continuing budget cuts across the country, how can the arts be re-infused into the curriculum?  How can spaces be re-thought to be multi-functional to allow these traveling teachers the functionality they need to teach more students?

Bring back the ARTS!

-hlj

Urban In-fill: The Hammer Museum fills Empty Storefronts on Westwood boulevard

Arts Restore LA

Arts Restore LA

 

Arts ReSTORE LA is an initiative focused on re-energizing Westwood Boulevard and the the Westwood Village with ART.  From November 1-24 the Hammer Museum, with the help of the Goldhirsh Foundation, will fill vacant storefronts along the Boulevard with local artisans.  Not only will these “pop-up” stores feature locally made projects but they will also offer workshops!

Make sure you check it out:  http://artsrestore.la/

-hlj