Investing In Student Success Through The Arts
New Arts Education Programs To Build More Opportunity For Students
Students will have more opportunities to explore their creative potential through a new program that will bring more arts education into classrooms and communities across Ontario, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today.
"We want to make sure that Ontario students seize every opportunity to reach their goals," said Premier McGuinty. "That's why we're investing in the arts for young people -- we know that if kids explore their creative potential, there is no limit to the success they can achieve for themselves and our province."
The $4-million Arts Education Partnership will match money raised by arts organizations from private sector donors. The Partnership will fund projects that promote and improve arts education in schools and communities. This could include music, dance, drama, visual and language arts. The Ontario Arts Foundation, in cooperation with the Ontario Arts Council, will oversee the new program.
The Partnership builds on previous initiatives to promote the arts in schools. For example, the Ministries of Culture and Education have provided a total of $6 million for Learning Through the Arts. That program, run by the Royal Conservatory of Music, trains teachers to deliver core curriculum subjects using an interactive, arts-based approach.
Education Minister Sandra Pupatello and Minister of Culture Caroline Di Cocco joined the Premier for today's announcement at Palmerston Avenue Public School.
"We're on the side of Ontario families who want the best public education for their children," said Pupatello. "That's why we're giving schools and community organizations extra support for arts education, which motivates students to achieve academic success, improves their tolerance and respect for diversity, and helps reduce drop-out rates."
"Arts education builds self confidence, promotes problem-solving skills and contributes to creative citizens for a creative economy," said Di Cocco. "This unprecedented investment gives all students across Ontario -- especially youth at risk -- the opportunity to experience a full range of learning that includes music, art and drama."
Investing in arts education is just one of the ways the McGuinty government is building opportunity for young people across Ontario. Other initiatives include:
- Investing $25 million in arts education over the past two years
- Committing up to $146 million annually to hire a total of 2,000 additional specialist teachers over the next four years
- Creating 75,000 more opportunities in postsecondary education for qualified students
- Doubling student aid so families can afford higher education.
"We're committed to creating more opportunity for young people across our province," said Premier McGuinty. "Just as parents want the best for their kids, we want what's best for Ontario students, and we will continue working to help them succeed."