Art is a powerful form of communication that encourages critical thinking and empathy, and imagines infinite possibilities. Art is interdisciplinary as it is at the core of all disciplines. Art allows opportunity to answer - and raise further - questions. Art provides a voice against inequity and a formidable tool for justice. It is an essential element in society that offers the chance for a multitude of responses and points of view, and a space where all students are encouraged and supported. It has the power to challenge systems and change lives.
Art Education offers students a firmly grounded understanding of the value and role of the arts in their lives. Art education gives students confidence and agency, both in and outside the classroom. It develops students who are able to navigate the world with a critical eye and is a space to promote social justice and dismantle systems of harm. Art education is a space where collaboration is celebrated and multitude forms of knowledge are honored. Art education illustrates the importance of process and teaches the crucial lessons of failure and growth. The satisfaction of creation and the joys of looking at, reflecting on, and understanding Art are among the gifts of Art Education.
An Art curriculum should be student centered and representative of who they are. The curriculum must address their identity, not only because it is a critical element of their work, but also because it forms a critical part of students’ understanding. A strong art curriculum allows students to take the space they need to demonstrate their knowledge and learn in ways that work best for them, and not in a prescribed single way. Art curriculum promotes the development of craft, encourages the student’s insight and vision, and expands their world. The foundation of a successful art curriculum is one that validates students’ voices, develops critical minds, and grows empathy.