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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 26, 2019 09:17 AM
From: Representative Ryan A. Bizzarro
To: All House members
Subject: Youth Art Month
Recent research has shown that access to arts education leads to better academic and social outcomes for students, including lower disciplinary rates and higher test score achievement. Unfortunately, funding for art programs is usually among the first line-items school districts cut when faced with budgetary challenges.

As part of the national effort to recognize the importance of art education in our schools, I plan to introduce a resolution recognizing May as “Youth Art Month” in Pennsylvania. Organized by the Council for Art Education, “Youth Art Month” seeks to raise awareness around the importance of the arts in developing successful and well-rounded students. Seeking to emphasize the value of the visual arts in the lives of young people, this annual event is celebrated with public art displays in schools, libraries, art centers and museums across the nation.

Drawing attention to the importance of arts education to the development of successful students is a significant first step in ensuring our young people continue to have access to these vital programs. Please join me in sponsoring this resolution to highlight the important role the visual arts have in improving the lives of our youth.

Introduced as HR289