Charles Fowler was one of our nation’s most passionate and articulate advocates for arts education. I had the privilege of hearing him speak many years ago and his spirit and wisdom continue to inspire me.–Kim Wheetley
“The arts are necessary in our schools because they:
– Teach us divergent, rather than convergent thinking.
– Develop craftsmanship and the ability to apply aesthetics.
– Introduce us to perceptions and understandings we could not acquire in any other way.
– Provide us with insight and wisdom that enlighten our understanding, making it deeper and more comprehensive.
– Facilitate human communication within and across cultures.
– Help us define who we are and how to articulate our own special sense of being.
– Distinguish our relationship to time by showing us as we were yesterday, as we are today, and as we can be tomorrow.
– Chronicle through the visual image, music, dance and drama of the moment, some of humankind’s greatest achievements.
– Replenish our spirit and, by nurturing, consoling, and inspiring it, restore our humanity.”
Charles Fowler, Strong Arts, Strong Schools: The Promising Potential and Short Sighted Disregard of the Arts in American Schooling. Oxford University Press, 2001