We know, from documented research, that students engaged in the arts perform better academically and succeed better in school and in life. The arts provide skills critical to 21st century success, and help kids think and be creative problem-solvers. The arts also help us learn more about life here and around the world. In Rhode Island, the State Board of Education has designated the arts as a core subject matter, on the same level as math and science.

“Arts education is a central part of our work at the State Arts Council”, Rosenbaum explained. “We work with educators and administrators around the state to ensure that they have the training they need to integrate the arts into all learning in their school. We work with teaching artists to engage their work with young people, during the school day and in after-school programming. And we manage special program, like our Give Me 5 media education program, that exists to help young people learn new ways of expression, in this case through the medium of film and video.”

 “Our commitment as a state agency is to serve all the people of our state,” Rosenbaum said. “RISCA’s Education Director will, on her own and working with other Arts Council staff and members of the community, help improve our level of engagement and service to all Rhode Islanders.”