By Paula Briggs, Director, AccessArt
Reblogged from the original article on the Access Art website.
For years AccessArt has been promoting and enabling visual arts education: creating and sharing resources to inspire, helping to develop practice, and celebrating the practitioners themselves.
We (you) believe in the experience of making art. Manipulating the materials of the world is fundamentally A GOOD THING. Being creative is a positive act - an act of “putting out there”, of belief, of confidence. Creators are contributors. Creative people excite and feed other people. Creative people reflect and create diversity and richness. They help build a sense of identity and a lasting legacy. The experience of being creative gives a sense of wellbeing...
We (you) understand the intrinsic value of art education. We trust it, celebrate it and push for it. And it all begins with a spark between eye, brain and hand... a piece of cardboard being manipulated… a mark on a piece of paper… a small idea "not talked out of existence..."
The recently published Warwick Report (Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth) illustrates another very real value of the visual arts, and gives all those who instinctively understand the value of art education, the evidence and confidence to shout even louder. And we do need to keep shouting louder: just like creativity itself, visual arts education is a fragile entity which can so easily be stopped in its tracks.
Please share and use the ideas and evidence below to raise your voice, to demonstrate the value of art education, and to demand of parents, teachers, schools and politicians that we create the time, space and investment which visual art education deserves.