Panel of experts to discuss the importance of Arts Education in the school system

When school budgets get tight, art is often one of the first proposed programs on the chopping block.  Arts education is especially vulnerable because of the common perception that it is not crucial to the core curriculum.  But many supporters of the arts argue that art is an important subject, not just as a supplemental activity but in the rest of education as well.

On Thursday, May 12 from 5:30 until 7 p.m., the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership (IPPL) and Art Center Sarasota will present a panel discussion entitled “The Future of Arts Education” at the Art Center Sarasota.  The expert panel will discuss why arts education is important and how it can help students in all facets of learning.

Panelists include:

  • Thomas Crisp, PhD, Assistant Professor in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee
  • Debra Markley, MS, Art Department Chair at Sarasota High School
  • Nancy Roucher, Arts Educator, Community Organizer, and Executive Director of the Sarasota Arts Council

“The panelists will discuss how involvement in the arts is associated with gains in other subjects as well,” said Bonnie Silvestri, JD, Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture and Civic Engagement for IPPL and moderator for the event.  “Studies have shown that the arts can improve skills in math, reading and critical thinking and should be considered an intrinsic part of our educational system.”

The event is $5 for members of Art Center Sarasota and $8 for non-members.  For more information or to RSVP, please call (941) 365-2032.