A colleague of mine observed it is always amazing when you look at the landscape in New Mexico. Sometimes during a thunderstorm you can see a thunderhead in the distance pouring down rain and lightening even though where you are standing, it could not be clearer with the sun beaming down. In a thought, this is where we are with art education in the nation.
Many states have chose short sighted strategies of cutting art programs in the K-12 schools and now they will have twenty years of rebuilding. The rebuilding happens after they come to the conclusion that the arts are part of a vital overall curriculum and, when used in a master schedule, can actually enhance the efficiency of an overall school day. Teachers can have common planning during art and music time or have interventions during the art and music instruction. While at the same time, the arts provide the student with the basic core knowledge of the world around them before they enter college or the workforce.
Our fine arts program has enjoyed time in the sun because of support from the school district, the public education department and local entities that support the arts. While around us are storm clouds where schools in other states have narrowed the curriculum and as a result experienced a decline in the educational culture and student learning. We are fortunate in Hobbs to have forward thinking and innovative leaders who believe in the education of the whole child. To be good stewards of this support, our program has adopted the philosophy: “The best advocacy is good programming”. The dividends of such support will only be seen a generation from now when tenacious and innovative former students help solve the current and future problems of the 21st Century.
If you have any questions about the Elementary Fine Arts Program you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest in the arts.
Elementary Fine Arts Coordinator
Hobbs Municipal Schools