WHO ARE WE?
Why the City Needs Arts Programming
Over the last few decades, there has been evidence proving that student involvement with the arts greatly impacts student academic performance across the board. According to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) during the Presidency of Barack Obama, they have found that there are 2 themes that have emerged as it pertains to the lack of regard for arts education in the country. The first theme stated that there is dynamism and diversity in the in the different approaches to providing arts education. Across the country, there are so many different models that are effective in serving children in the arts. Thus, proving that there is no correct way, and that misconception is hindering the advancement of the arts. The second theme is that there are persistent inequities in the distribution of arts education. Either the school with children who needed arts intervention were not educated on the benefits of the arts or they were aware and they did not have the resources needed to implement arts with their students. This committee studied after school and out-of- school time programming pulling together data that proved that arts education is a need in education across the country.
Yet, there is a constant decline of funding towards the arts in schools. There is also a lack of programming in Baltimore City for community members to engage in healthy creative outlets. This should come as a surprise as Baltimore has three Arts & Entertainment Districts and is considered to have the largest National Heritage Area in the country.
Every school year, many public-school administrations find themselves deciding to have art teachers or music or dance teachers due to lack of funding. This is why we. need support from donors and sponsors like you! Be it time, talent, or monetary donation, every bit helps us serve the deserving creatives of Baltimore City.
For more information, read Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance; Vital Signs 15 Spring 2017