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ARTree at Newhall Library

The ARTree, parents and children celebrated Valentines Day by creating marvelous HEART creations made out of pipe cleaners, foil and plaster.

The projects are usually kept at the library for decor, but in this case the children took them home for their loved ones.

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Arts and Smarts

by Noel Bermudez

The ARTree Communications Chair

Here in Santa Clarita, as well as nationally, we debate what our children should learn in school to be contributing members of American society and competitive actors on a global stage. Opinions on the advantages of different curriculum are given with thoughtfulness and passion. However, no matter what subjects are decided on, one item seems clear. Arts education will not be included on the list of essential subjects. Unfortunately, that decision presents an obstacle to every child reaching his full academic and creative potential.

Arts education is an essential component not only to a child’s well-being, but offers a springboard to higher achievements in all academic areas. Fran Smith, contributing editor to Utopia (a social media site created by the George Lucas Education Foundation), says that years of research shows that arts education is closely linked to almost everything we want for our children and what we demand from our schools such as academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. Want more proof? How about a 2005 Rand Corporation report arguing that visual arts “can connect people more deeply with the world and open them to new ways of seeing.”

Given all its benefits, why does arts education take a back seat in both curriculum placement and financial support? Regardless of the answer, The ARTree will do what it can to bring the benefits of arts education to children right here. We feel that arts education is not just about lines and colors, but also about exploring the whole person; reflecting on both who we are, and what we are to become – self-awareness, change, and growth. We offer this experience for your children – and for you –at our ARTree classes throughout Santa Clarita. For more information contact us at info@theartree.org.