Pushing for Arts Education Opportunities for All

Jonathan Rappaport and Tracie Konopinski deliver the proposal
to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Eduacation


Arts education helps to keep kids in school and prepares students for academic and professional success. That’s why MASSCreative and Arts|Learning has launched Arts for All, an initiative to make one year of visual, media, and performing arts education a requirement for admission to the Massachusetts State University System and the University of Massachusetts System.

Arts for All is backed by more than 200 leaders from the state’s arts, culture, and education sectors, all of whom have endorsed a report making a detailed case for the arts requirement that was delivered this week to the Department of Higher Education. Read our press release for the rundown.

“Making arts education a requirement for entrance to our state universities is a matter of simple common sense,” said Arts|Learning Executive Director Jonathan C. Rappaport. “Arts learning improves students’ self-motivation, critical thinking, and problem solving skills—all of which are critical to their success in college and in today’s highly competitive job market.” 

Stay tuned for ways to engage in the campaign as it’s taken up by the Department of Higher Education. 

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