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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Nationals Arts in Education Week

September 13 – 19 is National Arts in Education Week!

 

National Arts in Education Week is an annual celebration for arts education. It was established by Congress to help support equitable access to art for all students.

 

Art is a crucial part of early and long-term education. People of all ages, from preschoolers to college grads, benefit from creative, innovative, and artistic thinking. Arts education has been proven to help produce more engaged and successful students.


Thanks to Portland’s voter-approved Arts Education & Access Fund, all K-5 students in our public schools now have access to arts, dance, or music classes!

 

Also, the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s Right Brain Initiative has expanded to nearly 60 schools across our community – that’s 20,000 local students in a single school year!

 

Right Brain engages young minds by integrating art in school curriculums. It encourages student creativity, and has had a very positive effect on students’ abilities in other school subjects. Right Brain schools see students averaging 6 points higher in reading scores and 9 points higher in math scores than before working with the program.

 

Learn all about RACC’s educational programs on their website.