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Media Advisory: August 20, 2010
, DoDEA Educational Communications Officer: 703-588-3260
, DoDEA, Public Affairs Officer: 703-588-3272

ARLINGTON, VA — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will join schools around the country in the observation of Arts in Education Week.
On July 26, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res. 275, legislation designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week.” The resolution had 101 cosponsors and was authored by Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) with encouragement and support of Broadway legend, Carol Channing.
This resolution is the first Congressional expression of support celebrating all of the arts education disciplines – dance, music, theater and visual arts.
Study in the arts is basic to the complete education of children. It provides a competitive edge for success, and engages students in individual and group activity, develops creativity, problem-solving, and critical and evaluative thinking. Arts education helps students acquire skills in production and performance, as well as an understanding of history and culture.
DoDEA endorses the observance of Arts in Education Week as an opportunity to support the purposes and practices of arts education and encourages teachers, parents, students, and communities to participate.
For more information, contact via email or phone to the Area ISS for Fine Arts:

  • Alice Hixson, DDESS, (678) 364-8057
  • Hope Matthews, DoDDS-Europe, 49-611-380-7467
  • Jim Hashman, DoDDS-Pacific, 81-611-744-5908

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