Sobre o valor das Artes em Educação [I]

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"From the beginning of a child's education to the time when he or she becomes an adult and pursues a career, studies have shown that the arts enhance both personal and academic success. Studies published in the Journal of Research in Music Education report that elementary school students who participate in music programs score higher in reading, mathematics, language, and overall achievement tests. Recent reports from The College Board indicate that students who study the arts in high school earn higher S.A.T. scores. And the National Arts Education Center reports that students who participate in studio art courses improve their writing and vocabulary skills. All of these findings underscore the value of the arts in positively shaping the lives of all people.

This value is evident when we look at one of the largest segments of our population - people with disabilities. For hundreds of years, people with disabilities have fought negative images and stereotypes, and have often been denied equal opportunity within communities worldwide. Now, through the arts, we are breaking new ground. For people with disabilities, the arts represent a world of resources and opportunities, providing an outlet for creative expression and unlimited possibilities for personal, academic, and professional success. And, because art is an infinite and unconditional field, people with disabilities are free to express themselves without physical, social, or attitudinal barriers.

Marcel Proust wrote: "Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees." When we see art as the universal language that has the ability to unite all people, we understand the importance it has in the lives of people with disabilities. For a person who cannot speak, a dance performance may clearly communicate even the most complicated message. For a person with a mental disability who cannot communicate effectively through words, a painting rich with color and life may say more than verbal sentences ever could. And, for a person who has limited mobility, a song sung with emotion and spirit may elicit movement toward a state of clarity and joy. By engaging in the arts, people with disabilities are able to greatly contribute to our workplaces and communities, help extinguish old stereotypes regarding disability, and create a global culture truly representative of all people."

Educational Publications

Publication covers of Start with the Arts and Express Diversity!

"VSA arts publishes educational program resources for use in classroom environments geared towards utilizing arts-based curricula to increase disability awareness, encourage expression, improve learning, and grow self-esteem. Among our publications are:

Start with the Arts, an instructional program geared towards young children that explore common education themes.
Express Diversity!, a guide for teachers, students, and families used to increase disability awareness, communication, and self-esteem."

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