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State of the Arts Strategic Conversation October 8, 2002 Visual Arts • Theatre • Music • Creative Writing • Dance The Arts Are Fundamental Not Incidental The arts are an integral, core discipline to a liberal arts education "No child left behind," January 2002

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State of the ArtsStrategic Conversation

October 8, 2002

Visual Arts • Theatre • Music • Creative Writing • Dance


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The Arts Are Fundamental Not Incidental

  • The arts are an integral, core discipline to a liberal arts education

  • "No child left behind," January 2002

    • Arts elevated to an equal status with other subjects


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What do we Learn when we Practice the Arts?

  • Collaboration

  • Problem Solving

  • Creativity


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What do we Learn when we Practice the Arts?

  • Risk Taking

  • Respect for Authentic Achievement

  • Persistence and Resilience


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The Learning is in the JourneyNot the Destination

"The new economy is an economy of ideas." (Alan Greenspan)

  • The Arts Are a Laboratory for the New Work Environment

  • Arts Connect the Learning Experience to the World of Real Work


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Training for the Future

"Ideas are what matter, and the ability to generate ideas, and bring ideas to life, and to communicate them is what matters in work place settings." (Richard Riley, former Secretary of Education)

  • The Arts as Communication

    • The Digital Advantage

    • Design Online

  • Interdisciplinary Programs

    • Maricopa Institute for Arts and Entertainment Technology (MIAET)

    • Arts and Humanities Certificate


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Community Resource

  • College Productions

    • Performing Arts Centers

    • Music/Dance/Theatre Departments

    • Creative Writing Anthologies

  • Community Events

    • San Tan Festival

    • Gateway to the Arts

    • 32nd Street Festival


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Collaborations

  • Selected Examples

    • League for Innovation Competitions

    • Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Task Force

    • Mata Ortiz Exchange

    • The Living Web

    • Dance Choreography Competition

    • The Mexico Project

    • Empty Bowls

    • The Black Theatre Troupe


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Unique Strengths

  • Community Connections

  • Interdisciplinary Arts Models

  • Leaders in Digital Technology for the Arts

  • University Transfer Partnerships

  • Excellent Faculty

  • 10 Distinct Approaches to the Arts


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Challenges

  • 10 Very Distinct Models for the Arts

  • High Capital Costs and Dedicated Facilities

  • Low Full-Time to Part-Time Faculty Ratio

  • Poor Perception for Career or Jobs

  • Not Fully Aware of How to Take Advantage of the Arts


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Thinking for the Future

  • Specialized Programs at Each College?

  • Maricopa Arts Center?

  • Charter High School for the Arts?

  • Associate of Arts Degree in Fine Arts?

  • Student Scholarships?

  • Arts Marketing Initiative?


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