2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting

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WHEREAS, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 recognizes the arts as a core curriculum subject, allowing federal K-12 funds to support arts education; and

WHEREAS, such federal funds include Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act, as well as funds for teacher training and professional development, technology, after-school and summer programs, and much more; and

WHEREAS, Congress has affirmed the importance of arts education by establishing a dedicated arts education program at the U.S. Department of Education to complement existing programs of the National Endowment for the Arts; and

WHEREAS, a child's education is not complete unless it includes the arts; and

WHEREAS, a compendium of arts education research entitled Critical Links, released by the Arts Education Partnership, suggest the following:

  • The arts help close the achievement gap for students from economically disadvantaged circumstances, as evidenced by improved test scores;
  • The arts improve academic skills essential for reading and language development;
  • The arts build strong mathematical skills;
  • The arts advance the motivation to learn;
  • The arts promote positive social development; and

WHEREAS, inner-city and rural children have not had the same opportunities as children living in wealthier districts to learn in, through, and about the arts; and

WHEREAS, local arts agencies, artists, and arts institutions and organizations stand ready and willing to work with school districts and teachers to improve arts education,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that members of The United States Conference of Mayors urge local school districts and administrators to maximize the use of federal education funds available through the above-named programs, as well as state funds where permissible, to deliver high-quality arts instruction and to integrate the arts into other core subjects. We further urge the Congress to appropriate $53 million for the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education, which will support the further development and dissemination of effective models for improving the quantity and quality of arts education.