The dynamos at the Oregon Arts Commission put out this poster declaring the rights of all students to learn creativity, creatively. An excerpt:
When in the Life of an Oregon Child it becomes necessary to advance beyond Reticence, beyond a lapse in Personal Vision, or a loss of Innate Genius resident in the growing Mind, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth that confident station to which the process of Discovery shall entitle each Young Citizen, a respect for the Benefit of all Oregonians requires that we declare Certain Principles of learning that impel this Life.
We hold early Creative Experience to be indelible, and that all children need be offered, equally and abundantly, certain Rights that secure access to the formative Encounters of Art—and that among these are making original Work, savoring creative Practice, and the Pursuit of one’s own generous Vision and articulate Voice…
The opener goes on, in no less a dramatic fashion than the Declaration of Independence itself.
The best part, IMHO, are the themes:
- theme one: arts education allows for expression and creativity.
- theme two: arts education addresses multiple larning styles which may be missing in other academic areas.
- theme three: arts education developet critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
…and more. There are ten in all. And they are elegant and compelling. Well done, Oregon!