Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, writes that it is ironic that schools are cutting the arts from their curricula and the arts are not encouraged with the same rigor as other careers at a time when policy makers and national leaders are trying to develop “present and future generations of creative, innovative thinkers”. According to Chairman Chu the arts and the culture economy contribute more money ($504 billion or 3.2 percent) to the gross domestic product (GDP) than tourism and agriculture, making careers in the arts an important investment in America. Careers in the arts also contribute to civic and economic framework and the quality of life of a community. She writes, “By increasing access to arts education, we are not only equipping our children with creative reasoning, but we are helping to cultivate arts appreciation within a new generation.”
See “Fostering Creative Career Exploration” by Jane Chu, Media Arts, September 19, 2014 at http://www.creativecareersinfo.com/careers/fostering-creative-career-exploration
The FYI Arts updates are written by Joan Platz, Research and Knowledge Director for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. The purpose of FYI Arts is to keep arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities. The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association ( www.omea-ohio.org), Ohio Art Education Association ( www.oaea.org), Ohio Educational Theatre Association ( www.ohedta.org); OhioDance (www.ohiodance.org), and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education ( www.oaae.net).