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Why Arts Matter

Whether you are an educator looking for ways to bring the arts into your classroom, a parent of an aspiring performer, or an artist trying to express what motivates you, you have already asked this question: why do arts matter? These resources can guide you toward your answer.

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What does theater "do"? Does it matter in a contemporary, screen-driven society? Drawn from the Kennedy Center Education Department archives, this series examines the way theater impacts modern society and culture.
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An audio series pulled from lectures, workshops and other events for educators presented by and through the Education Department of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
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Out of the hardships of Black Americans at the turn of the 20th century came the blues, a music that helped ease their suffering
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This series explores the place of ceremonial, tactical and recreational music in the US military
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Conversations from a two-week playwriting intensive at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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So, what are 21st century skills exactly? Why do they matter to “art smart” parents and how do we help our kids?
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Making contacts and knowing the facts will help parents support the arts programs in their schools
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Some conversation starters for gaining and retaining arts education funding in your community
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Learn how the SNAAP report proves arts alumni are successful and satisfied with their choices
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As a teacher you can help parents become strong arts education advocates
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Learn about artistically gifted students and how can others can help them reach their potential
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Enhancing instruction with performing, visual and language arts can build skills, confidence, and understanding for ELLs
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Young slam-poets perform at the Kennedy Center, with Hip Hop giants Questlove and Black Thought
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Learn how parent volunteers can contribute to the learning environment, both in the classroom and in afterschool activities
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