West Chester School District Recognized as Outstanding Visual Arts Community – Daily Local

WEST CHESTER—The West Chester Area School District has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) for its commitment to visual arts education with the endorsement of Outstanding Visual Arts Community 2022. PAEA empowers its members to transform their practices, students, colleagues, and communities to build a strong culture of arts education and citizenship.

Districts that receive this endorsement demonstrate the importance of their visual arts programs with:

• Rigorous and Inclusive Curriculum: Arts curricula demonstrate rigor using standards-based curricula taught at all levels by highly trained and certified art educators.

• Highly Accessible Programs: Art programs are offered to all students at all grade levels with a sustainable visual arts budget.

• Highly visible programs: Schools and districts identify their curriculum accomplishments, curricula for all grades, arts staff, mission statements, and arts events using their schools’ websites and social media.

WCASD students celebrate the importance of a comprehensive education with opportunities to take arts education classes at all levels, from kindergarten through 12th grade. “Every time you enter one of our 17 buildings, you feel like you are entering an art exhibition. Our teachers and students work hard year-round to create spaces that reflect the artistic endeavors of all students, including our studio art, sculpture, and digital media classes,” said the Assistant Principal. of secondary education, Dr. Kristen Barnello.

These opportunities prepare students for a strong future in the creative industries and equip them with the skills needed in all aspects of life, such as problem solving, flexible mindsets, team and collaboration skills, creativity, etc These are the cognitive skills young people will need to find their place in a globally competitive workforce. The United States Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the arts and culture sector is a $699 billion industry, accounting for 4.3% of the country’s GDP, a larger share of the economy than transport and agriculture.

The nonprofit arts industry alone generates $135 billion in economic activity annually (spending by organizations and their audiences), supports 4.1 million jobs, and generates $22.3 billion in revenue for government (Americans for the Arts, 2015). Technological innovations such as big data, data analysis and visualization will simply increase the importance of visual and spatial learning skills.

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