#ArtsMatter is the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education’s groundbreaking campaign to reimagine arts education in public schools. Featuring our nation’s most revered modern artists, #ArtsMatter is addressing the creativity crisis in our nation’s schools. The campaign is creating a new paradigm for arts instruction by developing the tools and support to teach the arts together with traditional core subjects like math and English. Through “arts integration,” students will start accessing the new national Common Core curriculum through the lens of music, visual arts, dance and theater. This powerful method of instruction helps students engage deeper, retain more and become the creative problem solvers the new global economy demands.
Proceeds from the #ArtsMatter campaign support the development of the arts integration program for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Today, only 2% of instructional time for elementary students in Los Angeles is devoted to the arts. By demonstrating results in the nation’s second largest school system, #ArtsMatter will create a national dialogue to transform arts education.
The LA Fund has established a $750,000 fund to support arts integration. The funding provides for multi-year arts integration projects in LAUSD K-12 schools. These pilots will be laboratories for innovation in LAUSD. Working in partnership with some of Los Angeles’ major art and cultural institutions, new teaching tools and professional development for arts integration will be created for the District.
According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, “many of the fastest growing jobs and emerging industries rely on workers’ creative capacity – the ability to think unconventionally, question the herd, imagine new scenarios, and produce astonishing work.” Education integrated with the arts is credited with boosting the kinds of creative thinking and working skills needed today and in the future. In addition, arts-based education is correlated with both increased academic performance and reduced juvenile crime rates.
On July 11, the LA Fund announced its first partner, the Music Center. For more information, click here.