Prospects: How Do We Get There?

Charles Fowler

in Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195148336
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849154 | DOI:
Prospects: How Do We Get There?

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Each community is responsible for providing opportunities to its youth to ensure that they will be adequately educated in the arts. How those responsibilities are carried out differs from one community to the next. In those communities with few cultural resources, the schools must assume primary responsibility. In urban and suburban communities that have access to museums, arts centers, and living artists of all kinds, the responsibility can and should be shared between the schools and the community. Change requires several agencies working together on a common plan of reform. Professional arts education organizations can intercede and become highly persuasive, leading their members in new directions. Unfortunately, these organizations are generally not proactive and seldom urge specific improvements. Institutions of higher learning, local and community arts organizations, artists, and district and state arts administrators therefore need to assert their leadership.

Keywords: community; youth; schools; reform; arts education; cultural resources; arts organizations; leadership

Chapter.  4496 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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