National Arts Policy Roundtable: The Role of the Arts in Education America for Great Leadership and Economic Strength

 
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National Arts Policy Roundtable: The Role of the Arts in Education America for Great Leadership and Economic Strength

We founded the Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable at Sundance together in 2006 to bring to the table a wide cross-section of people who care about advancing the arts in our country as much as we do—and are willing to work together to figure out how we can collectively make a difference. Since then, nearly 100 decision-makers and thought leaders from the public and private sectors have convened to address issues such as the future of private sector funding for the arts and the role of the arts in nurturing civic engagement and dialogue, developing a more creative and innovate workforce, and building connected global communities.

At each gathering, the charge to these thoughtful and creative individuals has been to consider the issue, and over the course of three days, work together to identify the strategies needed to move from thought to action.

We are pleased to present the final report and recommendations from the 2010 Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable at Sundance. This year’s topic, The Role of the Arts in Educating America for Great Leadership and Economic Strength, is important to us all. As a country, we face enormous challenges—from the economy to the environment to maintaining our global competitiveness. Overcoming these challenges requires both vision and the know-how to make it happen. Education remains at the heart of whether our young people and our workers will be prepared to meet these challenges head on.

Can the arts play a role? We know they can—and if we are to succeed, we know they must. As more employers recognize the value of creativity and innovation, we must ensure the arts are understood as a critical part of building a workforce steeped in innovative capabilities. With the United States facing a 70 percent high school graduation rate, we must create vibrant learning environments that engage students by unlocking their creative potential and build the confidence that helps them succeed. The arts are not only what is needed to reform education—they can transform it. Our task is to ensure the policies, practices, and resources are in place to bring this vision to reality. [Message from Robert Redford and Robert L. Lynch]

This year’s topic, The Role of the Arts in Educating America for Great Leadership and Economic Strength, is important to us all. As a country, we face enormous challenges—from the economy to the environment to maintaining our global competitiveness. Overcoming these challenges requires both vision and the know-how to make it happen. Education remains at the heart of whether our young people and our workers will be prepared to meet these challenges head on.

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Americans for the Arts
25
2010
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