More than just a source for refrigerator drawings, the opportunity to learn self-expression through the arts can be a mind-expanding experience. Art education proponents believe it helps students develop self-confidence, inventiveness and creativity, and enhances critical thinking that carries over to help students in other content areas.
Art teacher Abby Kuhn at Munford Elementary School was recognized as one of the top 10 most active in the state using the Artsonia website to display students’ artwork. She has taken and posted thousands of photos of her students’ artwork for display in what is called “the world’s largest kids’ art museum. That allows parents, grandparents and others to see and appreciate the work of youngsters all across the country, and it boosts the self-esteem of kids to know their work is on the Internet.
Fourth-graders in the Talladega City School System will have the opportunity to receive art lessons within the school year provided by Heritage Hall Museum in Talladega. Art teacher Sandra Holm will provide three different types of lessons –visual art, performing art and language art.
And six students from Sylacauga are having their artwork displayed in Montgomery as part of a supplemental display at artist Winfred Rembert’s Civil Rights exhibit.
Budget battles are notorious for bringing cuts to arts education programs. It’s commendable that local school systems are working to keep them going. Our kids are better off for it.