Youth Art Month


WHEREAS, art education contributes powerful educational benefits to all elementary and secondary students; and

WHEREAS, art education develops students’ creative problem-solving and critical thinking abilities; and

WHEREAS, art education teaches sensitivity to beauty, order, and other expressive qualities; and

WHEREAS, art education gives students a deeper understanding of multi-cultural values and beliefs; and

WHEREAS, art education reinforces and brings to life what students learn in other subjects; and

WHEREAS, art education promotes student learning in art production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics; and

WHEREAS, these benefits of art education form the basis of “World Class Standards” developed by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts; and

WHEREAS, leaders in various careers have acknowledged the necessity of including art experiences in all students’ education; and

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that support should be given to art teachers as they work to strengthen art education in our schools and communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 2014 as YOUTH ART MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.