4. The long-term effects of COVID-19 on students and schools will take years to understand. It is widely acknowledged that arts education provides authentic ways for students to build long-term social-emotional competencies (such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, empathy, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making). How will you provide school communities with the tools and resources needed to confront and address trauma while fostering a welcoming, supportive environment?
I would make sure our public schools have the supplies needed to teach music, sculpting, painting, dance theater, and visual arts to name a few. I will support local district efforts to bring in various types of art therapy, such as writing, poetry, music, and drama therapy. I will allow local schools to decide for themselves what art therapy solutions they wish to engage in but would strongly encourage it as this therapy will help in healing trauma. Idealistically, I would like to see an art therapist in every public school.