Arts and Education

Mrs. Zella Ford
Arts in Education Director
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Arts in Education: Alabama Black Belt Arts in Education Initiative 

"Art is literacy of the heart" -- Elliot Eisner


The Arts are an essential part of public education. From dance and music to theatre and visual arts, the arts give children a unique means of expression, capturing their passions and emotions, and allowing them to explore new ideas, subject matter, and cultures. They bring us joy in every aspect of our lives.  

Arts education not only enhances students' understanding of the world around them, but it also broadens their perspective on traditional academics. The arts give us the creativity to express ourselves, while challenging our intellect. The arts integrate life and learning for all students and are integral in the development of the whole person. 

The Arts communicate and speak to us in ways that teach literacy and enhance our lives. We must continue to find a place for arts programs and partnerships not only for what it teaches students about art, but for what it teaches us all about the world we live in.

--Dr. Terry Bergeson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State, November 2001