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March Deemed Iowa Arts Education Month
By Jordan Wagner
4/1/2011 11:09:00 AM

On March 24th, 2011, Iowa govenor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation declaring March to be offically Iowa Arts Education Month. We would like to grant our thanks to Govenor Branstad for drawing attention to the issue of arts education!

Below is the govenor's proclamation:

Senate Study Bill 1203 - Introduced SENATE RESOLUTION NO. _____ BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION RESOLUTION BY CHAIRPERSON QUIRMBACH)

A Resolution to recognize March 2011 as Iowa Arts  Education Month.

2 WHEREAS, arts education, which includes dance,

3 music, theater, and the visual arts, is an essential

4 part of basic education for all students, kindergarten

5 through grade 12, providing for balanced learning

6 and the development of the full potential of young

7 minds; and

8 WHEREAS, arts education contributes powerful

9 educational benefits, utilizing well-planned

10 instruction and activities in the arts through which

11 children develop initiative, creative ability,

12 self-expression, self-reflection, critical thinking

13 skills, discipline, a heightened appreciation of

14 beauty, and cross-cultural understanding; and

15 WHEREAS, experience in the arts develops insights

16 and abilities central to the experience of life, and

17 the arts are collectively one of the most important

18 repositories of culture; and

19 WHEREAS, arts education provides interdisciplinary

20 student learning in such essential skills as

21 collaboration and innovation, assisting students with

22 real-life situations and work readiness; and

23 WHEREAS, national leaders have acknowledged

24 the necessity of including arts experiences in all

25 students’ education for the “whole child”; and

 26 WHEREAS, March is officially recognized as National

27 -1- LSB 2742SC (3) 84 jr/rj 1/ 2

S.R. _____ Youth Art Month;

NOW THEREFORE, 1 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE, That the Senate

2 recognizes March 2011 as Iowa Arts Education Month and

3 encourages the support of quality school arts programs

4 for the Iowa children and youth.


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