Welcome to the East Whittier Arts Education Foundation Website!
The East Whittier Arts Education Foundation is established to increase
community support for arts education in the thirteen schools of the East Whittier City School District.
We want to create a sustainable Arts Education program for all of our schools, K through 8, which will allow our students to bring those skills to the high school. This will end our reliance on the State to fund Arts Education. As everyone knows, the State funds the Arts when funds are available and then cuts it when funding is low. We want to bring consistency to this critical area of our children’s education. We know our community values Arts Education and our Foundation has been formed to bring a solution to the problems created by inconsistent State funding.
“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT“If you have a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
VINCENT VAN GOGH“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Learning in other disciplines may focus on the development of a single skill. The Arts regularly engage multiple skills and talents.
Most people think of the 3R’s of “Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic” as being the most important part of education.
We have a new challenge today with the skills needed for the 21st Century. A new set of
the 3 R’s is needed: Rigor, Relevance and Relationships.
Music, Art, Theatre and Dance are a vital part in the development of these important 21st Century skills.
Colleges and Universities, business and industry assume their applicants have the basic reading, writing and math skills and are looking for these additional specific skills:
Students who participate in the arts, both in school and after school, demonstrate improved academic performance and lower dropout rates.
The Arts can reach students who are not otherwise being reached in school. The Arts have been linked to student motivation and engagement in school, attitudes that contribute to academic achievement.