Parents pushing for art education in Texas classrooms

FILE - Classroom photo (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Classroom photo (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — There is a new push to get more funding for arts education in schools across Texas.

Jennifer Ransom Rice, the Executive Director of the Texas Cultural Trust, joined us in the KXAN studio to discuss the results of a recent poll of parents.

Parents were asked statewide about their opinions of art education in classrooms.

Parent poll results:

  • 92 percent have a positive opinion of arts education
  • 89 percent said arts is as important as athletics
  • 85 percent say arts should be at every grade

Rice says parents want their children to have access to art at every level of their education. At the elementary school level art is taught on a rotating basis an estimated every four to five days.

“We want to make sure is that [art] is offered a little more often than that because it builds such great skills,” said Rice. “Whether you are going to become an actual artist or play a musician or apply paint to a canvas, or whether you are going to be a nurse or CEO or an engineer or a teacher, the arts can teach such great skills across the board, creativity and innovation help all of us at our careers.”

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