Shaun Donovan

3. Do you believe arts are essential to NYC public school education? Why or why not?

I absolutely believe that the arts are essential to our city’s public school education. My design background as a trained architect has always served as a foundation for developing creative solutions to complex problems. The arts help us see beyond what is to what could be, and that is a vision that benefits every person, no matter their career or background, and allow students to become effective problem-solvers, creative thinkers, and more successful professionals.

As noted in question 1, the arts also play a vital role in healing individuals and communities after moments of crisis. As we emerge from this pandemic, arts education will contribute immensely to bringing students back into supportive school environments where the arts are integrated into their learning in order to process trauma, support differently-abled learners, and find unique pathways back to collaborative, project-based learning.

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