SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – On Friday, state Rep. Diane Pappas, D-Itasca, recognized March as Youth Art Month to support the Youth Art Month organization and affirm the important role that arts play in our children’s educational development.
“I am proud to support Youth Art Month, an initiative which calls on legislators to emphasize teaching visual arts in school,” said Pappas, “Illinois students deserve a phenomenal fine arts program, and Youth Art Month is one way to accomplish that.”
Years of study from researchers and educators confirm that visual art nurtures unique creativity. It is essential our kids benefit from exposure to that aspect of schooling. Creative education will yield a generation of kids capable of forming inspired solutions to tomorrow’s problems.
“Our goal is to spread art advocacy by working with community leaders to provide opportunities for kids to learn throughout the school day, and promote trips to outside art shows,” said Tricia Frost, a spokesperson for Youth Art Month.
Pappas’s commitment to promoting art programs stems from her commitment to help the next generation prosper. Kids need the skills to build a brighter future, and strong art programs will help teach those skills.