Arts ARE Education Proclamation

Arts ARE Education Proclamation
Posted on 03/12/2024
Arts ARE Education Proclamation
During the Hickory City Schools Board work session on Monday, March 11th, the Board unanimously approved the Arts ARE Education Proclamation. This significant proclamation underscores the district's unwavering commitment to providing comprehensive arts education opportunities to all students.

Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Griffin stated, "Our fine arts classes are concrete examples of the potential our young people possess when they are empowered to create. Fine arts education offers students a holistic learning experience that promotes academic achievement, cognitive and emotional development, cultural awareness, creativity, and essential life skills. Integrating the arts into education enriches the educational experience and enhances students' overall well-being and readiness for the challenges of the 21st century."

The proclamation, jointly issued by the Hickory City Board of Education and Dr. Jennifer Griffin, Superintendent, outlines the critical importance of arts education in shaping well-rounded individuals and fostering inclusive communities. It highlights the transformative power of arts education in enhancing students' learning experiences and supporting their social and emotional well-being.

Key points addressed in the proclamation include:
  • Recognition of every student's right to access arts education, encompassing media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts, facilitated by certified arts educators in collaboration with community partners.
  • Emphasis on the role of arts education in post-COVID-19 educational recovery, as well as its contribution to nurturing healthy, inclusive communities where diverse perspectives are valued.
  • Acknowledgment of arts education as an integral component of a well-rounded education, as mandated by the Every Student Succeeds Act and state law.
  • In a symbolic gesture of commitment, Hickory City Schools District pledges to not only maintain but also expand its arts education programs throughout the 2023-24 school year and beyond.
Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Griffin and Board Chair Dr. Bryan Graham signed the proclamation during the meeting. Additionally, the presence and support of art teachers from within the district underscored the collective dedication to advancing arts education within the Hickory City Schools community.

This proclamation reaffirms Hickory City Schools' steadfast dedication to providing holistic education that empowers students to thrive academically, creatively, and socially.
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