3. Do you believe arts are essential to NYC public school education? Why or why not?
Arts education is essential. It has been found to enhance cognitive development, creativity and imagination. It provides access to diverse views and cultures, and allows young people to express their own perspective on the world. Through the arts, students develop skills like creativity and imagination, resilience and grit, and a growth mindset to help them master any craft, perform well academically, and succeed in life after school. Studies have shown that students who have arts education benefit from developing better communication skills and that art can help improve their social and cultural understanding, teaching them about the world around them.