To the members of the Arts for Learning Board of Directors and staff,
I would like to thank you for the prestigious honor of being selected as the first Arts Champion Award! This was such a surprise and was very much appreciated.
Being an arts’ advocate has been a part of my life for many years and bringing the arts to children today is more vital than ever before. As our children face cuts in music and art instruction at school and have more competition for extracurricular time and money at home, it is our job to make certain that children have exposure to the arts and to build the desire to have music and art in their lives as they grow into adulthood. The Arts for Learning organization provides a wonderful opportunity for our children to experience the world in which we live through exposure to things they might not otherwise have the chance to explore.
Through the years, Douglas MacArthur has been able to present a variety of programs to our children including dance, storytelling, visual arts, jazz, bluegrass, as well as many others. Without Arts for Learning, none of this would be possible. This year, during black history month, we were able to bring “Stories of the Underground Railroad” to our school. The ability of Bob Sander and Deborah Asante to capture the hearts and minds of our children was unmistakable. To allow our children a brief time to capture a glimpse of what it might have been like to live as a slave during that period in history is something that cannot be read in a book or watched on a video. As I watch our children’s faces as they listen to a storyteller or see the art of movement performed for the first time, I realize that my goal of sharing my love of the arts with them must continue.
I represent many others who work hard on a daily basis to ensure that children will desire to have the arts as a part of their daily lives. I will continue to strive to be a Champion for the Arts, both in my classroom and in the Indianapolis community. Once again, I want to thank you for this great honor!
Douglas MacArthur Elementary School
Perry Township Schools