program looks at such issues as what makes the arts important
in education; how the arts affect student learning; what
New Jersey has done to further arts education in schools;
arts standards and their implementation; and how arts education
differs in rich and poor communities. Experience with and
knowledge of the arts is a vital part of a complete education.
The arts are rich disciplines that include a vibrant history,
an exemplary body of work to study, and compelling cultural
traditions. An education in the arts is an essential part
of the academic curriculum for the achievement of human,
social, and economic growth. The education of students in
the disciplines of dance, music, theater, and visual art
is critical to their personal success and to the success
of New Jersey as we move into the twenty-first century.
Robin Middleman |
Freda Rhodes |
Dale Schmid |
Dale Schmid – Visual and Performing
Arts Coordinator at the New Jersey State Department of Education Office of Academic
and Professional Standards.
Robin Middleman - Arts Education Coordinator
at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Arielle Smelkinson - A junior at Westfield
High School who is very active in the arts at school and in the community.
Freda Rhodes - Head Art Teacher for the
New Brunswick School District, and an art teacher at the Paul Robeson Theme School
for the Arts.