White House Champions of Change: Arts in Education

Champions of Change is a weekly initiative to highlight Americans who are making an impact in their communities and helping our country rise to meet the many challenges of the 21st century.

Week 15 of President Obama’s Champions of Change initiative focuses on Arts in Education. As stated on the website, “President Obama believes that the arts and humanities should be part of the education of every child in America.” 14 individuals were nominated and selected as some of the leading arts in education advocates in our country. Among those selected are actors, teachers, principals, superintendents and organization leaders. All whom are “creating innovative programs across the country that are benefiting their local communities.”

Brief bios and/or videos can be found on the website for each Champion of Change. In their videos, each advocate got the opportunity to express their love for the arts and its importance to education and our communities. “I believe that every innovative thought comes from a creative mindset ….A creative mindset is what drives our world, and art is the base of that,” said Omar Epps, arts education advocate and actor, in his video. Also on the website, are a handful of Champion of Change blog posts regarding the arts in education, essential skills and the state of our students.

Please visit the Champions of Change website to meet and learn more about all 14 of these leading arts advocates.

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About Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons is a premier not-for-profit arts-in-education organization that provides live professional performances and artist-in-residence programs to students and professional development for teachers throughout the entire tri-state region. Our commitment is to make music, art, dance, theatre, new media and creative writing an integral part not only of learning, but of life. Through the transformative impact of the arts, we reach young people through many dimensions, breaking down the barriers of language and culture, accelerating personal growth, and stimulating children’s full potential to prepare them for life in the twenty-first century.

Posted on July 29, 2011, in Arts Advocacy and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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