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Q&A

Why Arts Connect?

Arts Connect has access others haven’t. We have access to amazing content from around the world. We are an affiliate of Art and Living magazine which, for thirteen years, has kept the pulse of international art, design and philanthropy and, by visiting factories, research centers, studios, kitchens, and laboratories, chronicled outstanding creativity in all walks of life.  This is the essence of our footprint with the support of the professors at UCLA and Sunny at Buffalo academic education system that we use for support and guidance

Why Now?

Arts Connect is timely and needed NOW.

Why is critical thinking important?

Critical thinking is based on evidence and logic. Emotions and memorization do not figure in logical thinking. Critical thinking is known to propel better test scores and hone faculties necessary to succeed in higher education or in the workplace (Smith & Szymanski, 2013).

Arts Connect stimulates creative thinking in the classroom by linking traditional subjects with art disciplines to show how knowledge of those subjects is applied in real life. It is a learning system based on state-of-the-art, next-generation multimedia teaching tools.

Why is using teachers to create the content vital to the success of the program?

Teachers continually complain about programs that are pushed on them that do not align with their education practices. They are tired of programs being adopted without their input.

Arts Connect has been created by teachers for teachers who know best how to engage students in a positive manner so students will choose to be in the classroom. A classroom filled with students who are absorbed frees the teacher to do what teachers do best: TEACH.

Why is using real life examples to teach essential to success?

Tackling real world problems can make sustainability issues more tangible and meaningful to students. Real examples provide concrete applications of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and illustrate their relevance. Real examples also encourage students to be aware of the choices they make and how they fit into a greater societal context.

Arts Connect real world examples demonstrate the complexity and unpredictability of on-the-job challenges and, as such, can stimulate critical thinking. They also highlight the need for an inter- and multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving. Further, using examples from the real world demonstrates that, oftentimes, there is no perfect solution to a given problem. But presenting concrete examples induces students to think about solutions, rather than simply focus on problems.

Why is curricular incorporation of creative disciplines needed?

Our high schools are designed to prepare students for college, not the world most will enter. Parents want the educational system to maintain high standards so their child has opportunity to achieve the collegiate ideal. This sounds great in theory – but the stark fact is that one out of a thousand will achieve that ideal. The problem is that the all-too-prevalent college-oriented standard robs non-college students of job skills they need to make their way in the real world.

Arts Connect responds to the national agenda calling for educational reform and enriched content. Arts Connect inspires as much as instructs by introducing to the classroom the systematic exploration and enjoyment of creativity at no extra cost to schools. To improve our schools, we have to humanize and personalize education for every student. Education is about relationships. Great teachers are not just instructors or test administrators: they are mentors, coaches, motivators, and lifelong sources of inspiration to their students.

Why are Makerspace and STEM/STEAM important elements to integrate into the program?

A related two-pronged salient in contemporary educational planning for primary and secondary schools is comprised of two movements – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). The first of these concentrates on mathematics and the sciences as the backbone of classroom curricula. The second involves a union of arts and humanities studies with the big four STEM subjects.

The Makerspace movement does not intend to replace the traditional educational format, or substitute for the “vocational training” of a bygone era, but rather to augment conventional academic curricula and coexist with them. The connection is obvious for anyone who has ever worked in any traditional STEM career. From software engineers and aerospace technicians to biotechnical engineers, professional mathematicians, and laboratory scientists knows that building great things and solving real problems requires a measure of creativity. Professional artists themselves are incorporating technological tools and scientific processes in their work.

Arts Connect lessons stand squarely on the shoulders of STEM/STEAM subjects – namely, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Why is grouping students by ability bad?

Students are sometimes grouped by ability in schools — for example, in gifted classes, honors programs and Advanced Placement courses. Some teachers group students by ability within classrooms as well, separating the strong math group or the emergent readers. But ability grouping and its close cousin, tracking, in which children take different classes based on their proficiency levels, fell out of favor in the late 1980s and the 1990s as critics charged that they perpetuated inequality by trapping poor and minority students in low-level groups.

Arts Connect keeps in step with this trend by using technology as the solution so no student is grouped or stigmatized.

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