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The Power of the Arts – Volume 1

So the arts made national news this week. In short, a principal at a tough school in a tough district repurposed a line item in his school budget. He knocked out expenditures for security and replaced security personnel with arts education. Instead of the grim supervision of security guards, student artwork decorates the school hallways. Check out this video for an uplifting story of how the arts can and do make a difference.

Artists who work with students know how much vitality is injected into learning and thinking when the arts are part of the educational process. As it happens, the arts are among the first things to go from school budgets during tough economic times. The story depicted in the video suggests that it is not wisest course.

May other schools learn from this important real life lesson and take to heart how valuable the arts really are.

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