Performing Arts in the Public Schools

This week on INSIGHTS, performing arts in our public schools will be put in the spotlight. In recent years, the importance of arts education has been widely recognized. 49 out of 50 states have established content or performance standards for the field. The federal No Child Left Behind Act also bills arts as a core academic subject. Yet, faced with ongoing Department of Education budget cuts, the arts continue to be at risk. How can the integration of performing arts contribute to student achievement and success? What are some ways communities can support and preserve arts education at their schools?

Scheduled guests include: Lei Ahsing, education director at Hawaii Arts Alliance; Robin Kitsu, director, Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center (NPAC); MJ Matsushita, director of the Performing Arts Center at Kaimuki High School; and Karen Meyer, director of the Performing Arts Learning Center at Castle High School.

This conversation was recorded on August 18, 2011 in the PBS Hawaii studio. Insights on PBS Hawaii is presented on Thursdays at 7:30.


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