DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois—Arts DuPage, a DuPage Foundation Initiative, is pleased to celebrate National Arts in Education Week, September 10-16, 2017. National Arts in Education Week is a countrywide celebration affirming the transformative power of the arts in education. Students of all ages—from preschool to seniors—benefit from artistic study, innovative thinking, and creativity. Studies reveal compelling evidence connecting student learning in the arts to a diverse range of academic and social benefits. Exposure to art education promotes self-directed learning, improves school attendance and sharpens critical and creative skills. Additionally, research shows that the knowledge learned through the arts may help students excel in other subjects such as reading, math and social studies.
In recognition of the significance of the arts in the educational process, National Arts in Education Week was born. Designated by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the movement proclaims that the arts are a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students. The resolution further states that “arts education enables students to develop problem solving skills, imagination, discipline, alternative ways to communicate and express ideas, and cross-cultural understanding, which supports academic success across the curriculum as well as personal growth outside the classroom.”
Arts DuPage wishes to celebrate Arts in Education Week by acknowledging the dedication of the arts educators and administrators in DuPage County and thanking them for the important work they do throughout the year. Additionally, we encourage all supporters of arts, culture, and education to join with us in applauding their contributions to education and our community. We are fortunate to live in a community that embraces the arts-in-education programs that will serve the residents and ensure a brighter future for our county.
About the DuPage Foundation
The DuPage Foundation is DuPage County’s philanthropic leader. Established in 1986 to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County, the Foundation serves our community by helping area residents and organizations realize their unique charitable goals, providing impactful support to our community’s not-for-profits, and fostering key partnerships to address critical issues affecting DuPage County.
As a 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation receives contributions and bequests from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations looking to make a difference for our community and the causes about which they are most passionate. Since its inception, the Foundation has grown to nearly $90 million in assets and awarded more than $30 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond.
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