Suzuki Strings Cedar City donated 2019-02-10 19:34:38 -0700
Suzuki Strings Cedar City signed Petition: LCSD Art Collection 2018-01-08 16:13:51 -0700Art purchased by children needs to be for all children and the public, not in private collections
Help us Save the Logan City School District Art Collection
Utah is home to this country's oldest Arts Council, founded by state legislator Alice Merrill Horne. We celebrated her 150th birthday on January 2nd. Her passion for the arts & humanities was unbridled, and in the 1930s, Alice Merrill Horne helped 37 school districts and libraries across the state begin their own collections of original artworks by regional artists. The investment started with milk money - nickels and dimes - contributed by school children which was matched by city, county and state funds to purchase collections that are now worth millions of dollars. The Logan City School District's collection is still publicly owned and displayed, for now. However, LCSD is now selling 11 of the finest paintings from their collection.
Because these pieces were purchased by children for the public good of future students to enjoy, they should remain in public collections and viewable by the descendants of these children, for the public benefit of all Utahns. We, the signers of this petition, ask the Logan City School District to immediately halt the sale of their collection and work to find a solution that keeps the collection accessible to the public and properly preserved and stored.
We ask LCSD to also consider the terrible timing of this sale: Cache County recently made international news for firing an art teacher for showing children art, and, it is Alice Merrill Horne's 150th birthday month.
Keep these pieces public. Take care of these historical treasures for future generations.
Residents of Logan:
Please also contact your School District representative immediately!
Click here for contact information: http://www.loganschools.org/school-board-1/
Visit vote.utah.gov to find how which Logan City school district representative
There is a school board meeting on Tuesday January 23rd at 5pm, you are welcome to attend and ask them in person not to sell the pieces. 101 West Center Street, Logan, Utah
Below is the petition text.833 signatures
Dear Logan City School District and Superintendent Schofield:
It is empowering to know that the community of Logan, especially its children, understood the value of art by purchasing art, which not only allowed them to be surrounded by great art, but helped them build cultural knowledge and experience.
We, the undersigned individuals and institutions, are dismayed over your decision to sell pieces from this "milk money for art" collection. We ask you to immediately halt the sale of your collection and work to find a solution that keeps the collection:
- accessible to the public and,
- properly preserved and stored.
Possible solutions include donating or loaning the pieces to a local museum such as:
- Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art
- Logan City's new Library
- The new Logan History Museum could be expanded to include art
- Utah Museum of Fine Arts
- Springville Museum of Art
- Capitol Preservation Board
- Donating to the Utah Division of Arts & Museums
The loan to these publicly entities could include the entity funding any necessary restoration work.
Because these pieces were purchased by children for the public good of future students to enjoy, they should remain in public collections and viewable by the descendants of these children, for the public benefit of all Utahns.
We ask LCSD to also consider the terrible timing of this sale: Cache County recently made international news for firing an art teacher for showing children art, and, it is Alice Merrill Horne's 150th birthday month right now.
The legacy of genuine art purchased by school children for public viewing is pretty incredible. Please keep these pieces public. Take care of these treasures for future generations.
the following individuals and institutions
Suzuki Strings Cedar City signed School Board Petition 2017-09-16 17:48:56 -0600Arts enrich our lives and many students will not have access if public school programs are weakened. We value the skills of cooperation, creativity, and discipline that are involved in choir, band, orchestra, dance, and other art forms. Just for the listening skills we should have more students involved in music. If a child can hear the difference between a B and a B flat then they certainly have a much better chance of hearing the chemistry assignment. Attention to detail and so many more skills are developed through the arts. The requirement encourages the students to pursue an art form of their choice and is an essential part of being an educated person.4,836 signatures
School Board Petition: Bring back the Middle School Arts, Health, and PE Credit Requirement
To: Members of the Utah State Board of Education
From: Utah Cultural Alliance, Utah Education Association, Utah Music Teachers Association, and the following signers
We are parents, voters, and Utahns who care about the success of our state’s children. We know that a well-rounded education is vital to their future.
As your constituents, we ask you to reverse your August 4th decision to remove the Middle School credit requirement for health, arts, physical education, college and career awareness, world languages, and digital literacy.
The benefits to children of a well-rounded education that includes arts, health, and PE education are many:
- Better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, especially for at-risk children. (1)
- Improved performance and grades in reading, math, writing, and other subjects. (2)
- Increased creative thinking and problem solving. (3)
- Increased positive attitudes towards school and learning. (4)
- Less aggression and violent tendencies. (5)
- Improved cognitive ability. (6)
- Improved community cohesion. (7)
- Improved graduation rates. (8)
- Improved motor skills and self-discipline. (9)
- Improved social interaction. (10)
- Improved mental health and dietary choices. (11)
Eliminating the credit requirement for arts, health, physical education, college and career awareness, world languages, and digital literacy suggests that state standards and oversight for these vital programs could disappear. These are subject areas that are proven to close the school achievement gap. Lack of standards and oversight prevents fair and equitable services statewide, and puts at risk our State’s commitment to ensure that a healthy and productive generation is ready to lead our future.
We thank the six board members who voted against this change: Janet Cannon, Brittney Cummins, Jennifer Graviet, Carol Barlow-Lear, Kathleen Riebe, and Spencer Stokes.
Utah is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise families. We believe that our state public education system should be a light to the rest of America and the world. When policy changes occur that negatively affect children’s education -- such as this credit change -- our state educational system suffers, and our children suffer. We ask you to reverse your August 4th decision.
The board and staff of the Utah Cultural Alliance, Utah Education Association, Utah Music Teachers Association, and the undersigned.
A 2002 report by the Arts Education Partnership revealed that schoolchildren exposed to drama, music and dance are often more proficient at reading, writing, and math. & The 2006 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum study on art education showed a link between arts education and improved literacy skills. & A 2011 study called “Reinvesting in Arts Education” found that integrating arts with other subjects can help raise achievement levels. & Active Education: Physical Education, Physical Activity and Academic Performance. & An Evaluation of the Relationship between Academic Performance and Physical Fitness Measures in California Schools
- A study (http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/champions/pdfs/Learning.pdf) of more than 2,000 middle-school students by researchers at Columbia University found that students who had participated in at least three years of in-school arts instruction scored significantly higher on an instrument measuring creative thinking and that these students self- reported much higher rates of positive attitudes towards school and learning than did their peers who had experienced less arts education.
- Same study as 1.
Evaluation of a six-month program that involved youth in drama reported that these participants demonstrated less aggressive and violent tendencies, while also exhibiting more pro-social behaviors like cooperation and self control compared to before participating. http://www.traumacenter.org/products/pdf_files/jsv5_2_2006.pdf & A study of Missouri public schools in 2010 found that greater arts education led to fewer disciplinary infractions and higher attendance, graduation rates and test scores.
A study by research kinesiologists found that students showed improved cognitive ability after participating in moderate exercise. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306452209001171 & A meta-analysis that took into account 44 studies that had sought to identify correlations & between physical activity among children and their cognitive performance concluded that there is a significant relationship. & The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance
A 2005 report by the Rand Corporation called “A Portrait of the Visual Arts” argues that art education does more than just give students a creative outlet. It can actually help connect them to the larger world, ultimately improving community cohesion.
- The Center for Arts Education published a report in 2009 that suggests arts education may improve graduation rates.
- http://www.phitamerica.org/Page1139.aspx & Physical Education in Kindergarten Promotes Fundamental Motor Skill Development
- Do the Duration and Frequency of Physical Education Predict Academic Achievement, Self-concept, Social skills, Food consumption, and Body Mass Index?
Suzuki Strings Cedar City commented on PR: Three Utah Communities Generated over $400 million in Economic Activity 2017-09-05 11:44:06 -0600The Cedar City Arts Council has identified 31 arts organizations involved in concerts, exhibits, arts education, dance, and literary endeavors. We appreciate you highlighting the progress of Iron County as part of this economic study and appreciate the positive impact of the arts for our communities.