by Steven Brown
Arts education is blossoming in Chula Vista. The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory spurred the revival by launching an after-school program that, more quickly than anyone expected, showed district leaders how music benefi ts children, schools, and families. After starting with music classes, Chula Vista has been expanding its arts education ever since.
“Our experience shows us that a school district that fi
nds value in one of the art forms will not choose to offer only that,”
says Dalouge Smith, the youth symphony’s executive director. “It will take on the responsibility to offer a well-rounded education and ensure that all those subjects become part of the fabric of their district.”
Yes, arts education can overcome neglect. Read the full 7-page article to learn how.