“The simple fact is, every child in this country needs and deserves access to the subjects that go into being a well-rounded, well-educated person. Music and art; world languages; physics, chemistry, and biology; social studies, civics, geography and government; physical education and health; coding and computer science—these aren’t luxuries that are just nice to have. They’re what it means to be ready for today’s world.”

—Remarks as delivered by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, April 14, 2016

For more than four decades, the Arts in Education Program has served the students of Hillsborough County Public Schools, ensuring all students access to a well-rounded, comprehensive education that includes the arts.  This program has two initiatives designed to provide students with instruction and exposure to various arts forms: Artists-in the Schools and Cultural and Performing Arts Field Trips.

The growing complexity of the world and increasing demands of the 21st-century workforce requires all students graduate from high school fully prepared for college AND careers.  To be college- and career-ready, we must provide a rigorous and broad curriculum that includes all subjects that are part of a well-rounded education. Academic preparation alone is not enough to ensure post-secondary readiness.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers identifies the following competencies as vital for career readiness:

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
Oral/Written Communications
Information Technology Application
Professionalism/Work Ethic

These skills echo those derived from an education that includes the arts:

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
New-media Literacy

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