Making arts part of core curriculum can result in a purposeful confusion.

Making Arts Part of Core CurriculumAt New Stanley Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas, it’s not easy to tell a reading class from an art class.  And the same holds true for math class. And science class.

Eight-year-old Ebelin Sagastume recorded in her journal that on the moon, no atmosphere means no weather. She also turned her journal into a picture book, coloring the blue oceans of the earth with her crayon, and drawing a moon in orbit with a lunar lander.

Schools are saving the arts by integrating them into core subjects. Faced with budget cuts, schools are incorporating the arts into other subject instruction to keep from eliminating them altogether.

“Art levels the playing field,” New Stanley principal Ryan Most said.

Arts include visual arts such as drawing, painting, and design as well as performing arts such as music, drama, and dance.

According to Jane Chu, the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts and the former president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, “The arts teach us how to think creatively and give our brains license to search for color where others might see black and white, or to create music when others might stay silent…These are the qualities of leaders and visionaries”.

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