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ARTSpeaks gives voice to benefits of arts education

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  • ARTSpeaks aims to highlight how arts programs promote critical thinking, collaboration and creativity that carry over into other areas of education.

      ARTSpeaks aims to highlight how arts programs promote critical thinking, collaboration and creativity that carry over into other areas of education.
    Courtesy of Margaret Byrnes

  • ARTSpeaks aims to emphasize and publicize the educational advantages students gain from participating in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 arts programs.

      ARTSpeaks aims to emphasize and publicize the educational advantages students gain from participating in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 arts programs.
    Courtesy of Margaret Byrnes

  • Arts education supporters say Indian Prairie Unit District 204 programs -- like its Grammy Award-winning high school music programs -- help students develop skills that will serve them in 21st century careers.

      Arts education supporters say Indian Prairie Unit District 204 programs -- like its Grammy Award-winning high school music programs -- help students develop skills that will serve them in 21st century careers.
    Courtesy of Margaret Byrnes

  • Charles Staley

      Charles Staley

  • Charles Staley, arts department chair and music teacher at Neuqua Valley High School, leads ARTSpeaks, a grass-roots group that aims to highlight the connections between arts education and the drive to give students 21st century skills.

      Charles Staley, arts department chair and music teacher at Neuqua Valley High School, leads ARTSpeaks, a grass-roots group that aims to highlight the connections between arts education and the drive to give students 21st century skills.
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Charles staley is leading an effort in naperville and aurora that champions arts in education in an era buzzing about 21st century skill-building. his vehicle is artspeaks, a group he founded in 2011 that sponsors speaking events in a kind of ted talks format. "what we've sort of been lacking in is evidence and compelling stories that give credence to the idea that the arts have utilitarian value," staley said.

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