John Steczynski

commented on Join the movement on October 24th, Arts Matter Day 2014-10-17 17:47:07 -0400 · Flag
I am an artist. I first became involved when I was 3 years old, following the example of my sister who was 9. I got a BFA from Notre Dame and an MFA from Yale. At 78 years old, I am still an artist. It is my life.

endorsed 2014-03-21 19:08:01 -0400
I am a professional artist. I taught art on the college level since 1962.

I am now retired. But I am still a very active artist.

Join the Create the Vote 2014 Coalition

Join arts, cultural and creative institutions from across the Commonwealth as coalition members of Create the Vote 2014. During the gubernatorial campaign, Create the Vote will work to raise awareness and support for the creative community among voters and candidates.

endorsed via 2014-03-04 14:54:44 -0500

Arts For All Letter of Support

GOAL: 200

Support one year of high school arts education as an admission requirement to the Massachusetts state university system

Dear Carlos Santiago, Commissioner of Higher Education and Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education,

Due to education reform efforts of the past 20 years, Massachusetts public schools have been required to shift focus to the “tested” subjects of reading, math, and science. This emphasis often pushes arts education to a secondary status in our students’ schooling.

Arts education — dance, media arts, music, theatre/drama, visual arts — is a necessary component for the development of the “whole child,” enabling each individual to become a productive, creative, and innovative member of society. Access and engagement in high quality, sequential arts education is essential to developing important 21st-century skills and will allow our Commonwealth to regain and maintain a competitive economic edge globally by exporting creative ideas and products.

While some districts have rich, sequential, and regular arts learning in every grade, others have limited or no arts learning. This is the case despite the designation of the arts as a core academic subject in the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act’s “Common Core of Learning”. Additionally, one year of arts education is the only designation in the “Common Core of Learning” not required for admission into the state university system.

The ARTS For All Initiative would establish one year of arts education in high school as an admission requirement to the Massachusetts state university system, including UMASS. Inclusion of the arts in the criteria will encourage more students to take arts education and help make certain all students in the Commonwealth have access to the arts regardless of geographic location, ethnicity, economic level, or any other demographic status or condition.

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education should follow the lead of ten other states and require incoming university students to take at least one year of visual or performing arts, music, or dance.

Thank you for your consideration. 

John Steczynski
I am a 77yo (2013) male artist, (mostly series of pen and ink drawings, currently Jesus, Cernunnos and me as lovers.,earlier work viewable: ;gay, retired, living in E. Boston next door to my daughter. Have close friend,

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