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Units and lessons are to incorporate into existing curriculum the four strands of the grant: arts integration with a DBAE approach, technology integration, constructivist learning theory, and interdisciplinary curriculum.

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Why the arts?

"If we omit art from the curriculum, we are in effect shortchanging the mind."
Howard Gardner, Professor of Education, Harvard University

"Art in all its distinct forms defines, in many ways, those qualities that are at the heart of education reform -- creativity, perseverance, a sense of standards, and, above all, a striving for excellence."
Richard W. Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education

The arts build the skills that business values.
Business Week, October 28, 1996

Schools benefit from a strong arts program.
The Power of the Arts to Transform Education, developed by the Arts Education Partnership Working Group

Strengthen academic performance.
Why Business Should Support the Arts: Facts, Figures, and Philosophy, Business Committee for the Arts

Improve SAT scores.
The College Board Profile of SAT and Achievement Tests Takers for 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993

Build life skills.
Educating for Tomorrow's Jobs and Life Skills, by Eliot Eisner, Arts Education for Life and Work, The Getty Education Institute for the Arts

Humanize the learning environment.
Understanding How the Arts Contribute to Excellent Education. Preparted for the National Endowment for the Arts, 1991

Formulate relationships across and among traditional disciplines.
The Power of the Arts to Transform Education: An Agenda for Action, Developed by the Arts Education Partnership under the sponsorship of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the J. Paul Getty Trust, January 1993

Contribute to the overall culture of excellence in a school.
Understanding How the Arts Contribute to Excellent Education, Prepared for the National Endowment for the Arts, 1991

Contribute to brain development.
"Art for the Brain's Sake", Robert Sylvester, Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Oregon - From Educational Leadership, November 1998

Historically served to connect our imaginations with the deepest questions of human existence.
The National Visual Arts Standards, developed by the Consortium of National Arts Education Associates

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