Visual and Performing Arts

It is difficult to imagine a human society without the arts. What dark and empty souls would populate such a place—an environment without paintings, statues, architecture, dramas, music, dances, or poems. The arts define what we mean by civilization. They are part of the foundation and framework of our culture. As a universal language through which we can express our common aspirations, the arts are a channel to understanding and appreciating other cultures. To be conversant with the arts is to be a civilized person, to be cultured.

Herold M. Williams
The Language of Civilization: The Vital Role of the
Arts in Education
 

Philosophy

The arts have been part of us from the very beginning, connecting each new generation to those who have gone before. We value the arts, and they are an integral part of this society and this school district.

An arts education is fundamental to the healthy development of our children’s minds and spirits. Learning through the arts provides a path to a lifelong learning process that the student may apply to real world situations. The arts teach about culture, community, history, society, and the human condition. Perhaps most important, the arts have intrinsic value. They are worth learning for their own sake, providing benefits not available through any other means.

Through the study of the arts, students develop aesthetic and cultural awareness; enhance their creativity and imagination; and encourage self-perception and self-expression. These programs need to be taught by qualified dance, theatre, music, and art educators. All students deserve access to the rich education and understanding that the arts provide regardless of their background, talents, or disabilities. Curriculum and teaching strategies must be structured to ensure that each student is afforded equal access to all benefits of a quality art education. The ultimate goal is to celebrate and validate every child each day.

Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Guide

Art K-12
Music K-12 & Theatre 9-12