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We want every student in Pasco County exposed to an arts education taught by professional, qualified teachers. “It takes more than textbooks to produce tomorrow’s mathematicians, scientists, and business leaders. It takes imagination. We believe that all students need grounding in the arts to stimulate creativity.”

Short-term – 1) Higher FCAT and SAT test scores, GPA's and higher student achievement by all measures, 2) Reduced truancy, reduced drop-out rates and higher graduation rates and better student behavior. Long-term – An Arts Education Enhances Creativity, Provides tools for individuals to succeed in tomorrow’s Global Information Society, Strengthens employment potential. The message in today’s economy: We recognize there must be cuts made in all academic areas and request that the Arts be treated like all the other core subjects. We ask is that the arts are cut no more and no less than the other core subject. “Arts education develops the whole child and is integral to the well-rounded education every child needs.” 

Go to the scheduled budget meetings in April. Your presence is vital. Speak up in support of the Arts using the “WHY” statements outlined above. Sign the on-line partition in support. Email a support message to PascoArts4Kids@gmail.com. These messages will be presented to the school board .

Letter to
Pasco Schools Dist. 3 Board Member Cynthia Armstrong
Pasco Schools Dist. 5 Board Member Steve Luikart
Pasco Schools Dist. 2 Board Member Joanne Hurley
and 6 others
Pasco Schools Dist. 1 Board Member Allen Altman
Pasco Schools Dist. 4 Board Member Alison Crumbley
School Principals
Florida State House
Florida State Senate
Florida Governor
We recognize there must be cuts made in all academic areas and request that the Arts be treated like all the other core subjects. We ask is that the arts are cut no more and no less than the other core subjects.

We want every student in Pasco County exposed to an arts education taught by professional, qualified teachers. “It takes more than textbooks to produce tomorrow’s mathematicians, scientists, and business leaders. It takes imagination. We believe that all students need grounding in the arts to stimulate creativity.”

Short-term – 1) Higher FCAT and SAT test scores, GPA's and higher student achievement by all measures, 2) Reduced truancy, reduced drop-out rates and higher graduation rates and better student behavior.

Long-term – An Arts Education Enhances Creativity, provides tools for individuals to succeed in tomorrow’s Global Information Society and strengthens employment potential.

In a report published by The Conference Board, an organization that researches marketplace and business issues, 97% of employers considered creativity to be “of increasing importance in the workplace,” while “85% of employers seeking creative employees said they were having difficulty finding qualified applicants with the right characteristics” (Lichtenberg, 2008).

Art emphasizes depth and push-the-envelope thought. In separate articles, Richardson (2008) and Rostron (2003) suggest ways the arts can help you to:
•Recognize and work with your natural rhythmic tendencies for activity and rest.
•Focus attention to detail — noticing subtleties in lines, shapes and colors, or in instrument or vocal nuances and changes — which can help develop detail-oriented skills for a variety of careers, from writing to law.
•Foster teamwork skills and become attuned to everyone’s roles in presentations and projects, particularly if you played in a band.
•Work through mistakes in order to focus on completing the bigger composition/picture.
•Train the eye to observe composition, meaning and thinking outside of the box.
•Come up with creative solutions to complete a piece of art or project.
•Work as part of collaborative, cohesive whole.

In summary, “Arts education develops the whole child and is integral to the well-rounded education every child needs.”