Art classes in elementary school allow not only for the creation of homemade Mother’s Day cards and hand turkeys but also for the development of lifelong skills and creative processes.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools join many other school districts this week in celebrating National Arts in Education Week. Hannah Murphy, a visual arts teacher at Ephesus Elementary School, recognizes the week both inside and outside of the classroom.
“This week is really more of an advocacy piece for other adults,” Murphy said. “It is a good way to communicate that the arts are important.”
In particular, both teachers and administrators are taking to social media to raise awareness about the positive impact of arts in education. Brenda Whiteman, arts education coordinator for CHCCS, runs a Twitter account dedicated to the arts in the district and plans to post regularly this week in order to showcase the various arts activities occurring in all the different schools.
“We are fortunate to live in a district that is very supportive,” Whiteman said. “The parents' group is very involved in the things that are happening.”