The Arts Are Extra-Curricular and Disposable. NOT.

Posted by Frances McGarry, Aug 09, 2013 6 comments

For over 30 years as a K-12 English & Theater teacher, I have witnessed how the arts have impacted the lives of so many people, young and old. The stories and research are endless, and yet the arts continue to be cut from school curriculums across the nation.  Despite arts advocacy groups’ efforts to prevent this decline, the budgetary solution remains to be that the arts are perceived as extra-curricular and disposable.

This is nothing farther from the truth: the arts challenge us to not only dare but also explore the myriad of possibilities of WHAT IF…

Upset over the slashing of arts programs in schools I decided to do something about it. I started First Online With Fran to highlight ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things to make the arts the fabric of our existence. Utilizing testimonials, videos, and interviews First on Line with Fran serves to be the sounding board to let the world know that, “We’re angry as hell and we’re not gonna take it anymore!”

For my most recent episode, I got a bunch of kids from Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School and asked them to respond to the statement:  The Arts are extra-curricular and disposable.

Please take 6 minutes and listen to what they have to say...

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This is where my passion lies, and this is my way of raising awareness and advocating for the arts included in education.

If you’re passionate too and want to add your voice to the cause, feel free to send me your testimonial or set an appointment for me to highlight your work on First Online With Fran. Or simply add a comment below or share this video as a way to help raise awareness about the impact the arts have on students’ lives.

Together we can bring sustainable national attention to the vital inclusion of the arts in education and we can change the perception that the arts are “optional,” “extra” or “fluff.”

I know you’re out there!  Let’s get LOUD and change the world!

6 responses for The Arts Are Extra-Curricular and Disposable. NOT.


Ginger Sottile says
August 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Some idiot will probably suggest doing a study! How many different, reliable studies do we need until we are convinced that the Arts are necessary for our children's well-being? They learn better when they have music, art, and drama classes in school and it gives those non-athletic types an outlet for their many talents. If in doubt, ASK A TEACHER for his or her opinion!!

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September 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Thank you, all for your comments. Please consider contributing your voices to The First 100 Stories Campaign to honor Arts Education Week! Share with friends and colleagues. Let's make The Arts the fabric of our existence!

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Art says
August 14, 2013 at 2:06 am

It is usual human nature to admire beauty around us, such as we are often awe-struck when we see a painting, or read a beautiful poem, or listen to soothing music! We commonly associate art in terms of a painting or a sculpture we see in a museum or an art gallery, nonetheless, art is everywhere around us in many forms and holds a significant value in our lives.


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Gowinda says
August 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I love life and art.

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Ashley Mathis says
August 22, 2013 at 3:16 am

Continue to support arts education!! Never ever stop this, because without art there are no HUes left in Hu-mans.


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January 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm

This is quite the passionate and very memorable article and media that you have here. Arts and education comes hand in hand and people need to start to realize this more.

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