3. Do you believe arts are essential to NYC public school education? Why or why not?
The arts are more important than ever in schools. Students need a form of self expression because of the impact the pandemic has had on so many. Critical activities like reading, writing, self expression, creativity, expressing emotions beyond verbalization are a part of creating culture and bridging gaps between cultures. In addition, art is a mechanism to heal and brings people together to find commonalities through expression. I was so fortunate during my New York City Public School Education to perform in theatrical productions, have rock band and stand-up comedy classes, and be taken to Broadway Shows as field trips for a theater class. This was imperative in my education and in my personal growth, so I know firsthand how important it is for all interested students.