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Food for Thought

Why Have Art in School?

  1. Stimulates and develops the imagination and critical thinking

  2. Refines cognitive and creative skills

  3. Tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child

  4. Proven to help level the "learning field" across socio-economic boundaries

  5. Strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success

  6. Develops a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting  —  skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond

  7. Teaches children life skills such as developing an informed perception; articulating a vision; learning to solve problems and make decisions; building self-confidence and self-discipline; developing the ability to imagine what might be; and accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish.

  8. Nurtures important values, including team-building skills; respecting alternative viewpoints; and appreciating and being aware of different cultures and traditions.


What Is SPECTRA?  In prior years, Valencia utilized the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County’s Arts Education and SPECTRA grants, so now, arts education at our school is sometimes referred to as “SPECTRA” arts.  Currently, we are not using SPECTRA artists or receiving SPECTRA grant monies, but the catchall phrase remains.

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