This page is intended to give visitors a sense of why the arts are important in our lives, in our education system and in our world.
Please click on the links to see the documents in full.

The Evidence is In -  http://webzoom.freewebs.com/pcvsarts/The evidence is in.doc - some research findings from the Champions for Change report in the United States (25,000 students studied over a ten year period, report dated 2000)

Ten Lessons the Arts Teachhttp://webzoom.freewebs.com/pcvsarts/Ten Lessons the Arts Teach.doc - by Eliott Eisner

Careers in Creativity

This is an excerpt from a recent article published by the University of Northern British Columbia...

Increased government funding for the arts and a surge in spending by Canadians on leisure activities has seen a 48% growth in employment in the cultural and recreation industries over the past decade. With a 4.7% increase in hourly wages for those working in culture just this past year alone, making a living with your Fine or Performing Arts degree is no longer a pipe dream. If a nine-to-five job is more your style, look for work in fields such as photography, design, art direction, architecture, interior decorating or visual merchandising where average salaries start around $35,000 a year. Film animation and motion graphics skills are in especially high demand. And, if you're willing to step out of the spotlight, directors, producers, television broadcasters and audio visual technicians can expect to make more than $40,000 a year. With jobs in a wide range of settings and an average salary between $30,000-$50,000, the fine and performing arts can be both personally and professionally rewarding. (p. 38, Canadian University Report 2011)

See an example of careers related to theatre training here.http://webzoom.freewebs.com/pcvsarts/Careers and Jobs related to Theatre and Drama.doc Note that this is just a short list, and that theatre training and all arts training develops skills in the areas of problem solving, creative thinking, communication and interpersonal relationships.

Australian Report Argues for Arts in Curriculum

THE visual, performing and literary arts should be embedded and funded across the syllabus to boost learning and social skills, a report says.

The arts should not be limited to a separate subject area under the new national curriculum, thereport, released yesterday, argues.

Arts has been included in the second-phase development of the national curriculum, but report author Robyn Ewing says that isn't enough to foster the creativity that is needed in a fast- changing world. She is concerned the national curriculum is being too laden with subject-specific content when it needs to gofurther.

"We must look at embedding arts across the curriculum," Professor Ewing, from University of Sydney's education faculty, told The Australian.

The report cites a study in 2004 by the Australian Council for Education Research, which found that Year 4 primary students from four programs promoting music or drama scored significantly higher in literacy, numeracy, communication and problem solving compared with other students.

But Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority chairman Barry McGaw said the national curriculum was about setting out what needed to be taught, rather than how. And he rejected suggestions the curriculum was too laden with content. "We are very conscious of not putting too much in," he said.

There was nothing in the national curriculum preventing art or other subjects being integrated into other disciplines by teachers and schools, he said.

In her report -- The Arts and Australian Education: Realising Potential -- Professor Ewing urges improved funding for school arts programs for fear that otherwise some children will miss out.

"Cultivating imagination and creativity would need to become the priorities, rather than the add-ons," she says.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/report-argues-for-arts-across-the-curriculum/story-fn59niix-1225986619452

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