It is time to ask our community to continue to encourage students in the arts. While I understand the emphasis on technology, math and science (a national message), we cannot afford to ignore the pursuit of a well-rounded education. That education does not stop after high school or a degree program.
The creativity found in the arts and our cultures should go on well into adulthood.
As a retired music educator, I remember when music and art classes were part of the reason a child attended school regularly. Taking part in a concert, festival, art show or gymnastics demonstration was something for which the students and their families were very proud. Please encourage your child to stay in the arts. Attend a school or city concert, read poetry and stories and, above all, encourage inspiration.
— Mary E. Weeda
member, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra