04-R 117

2004 -- H 8295

Enacted 03/11/04


H O U S E  R E S O L U T I O N



     Introduced By: Representatives Smith, Moura, Fox, Ajello, and Montanaro

     Date Introduced: March 11, 2004




     WHEREAS, Art education has had a powerful effect on the educational benefits of all

elementary, middle and secondary students; and

     WHEREAS, In every aspect of a child’s life, creativity is a valuable tool needed to solve

problems. Art education is not only an enjoyable way to learn, but an absolute necessity in the

whole process of learning. Without delving into the left side of the brain, our creative problem-

solving and critical thinking abilities would be stifled; and

     WHEREAS, When children study art they have a deeper understanding of multi-cultural

values and beliefs. The very essence of human communication started back in the caveman time

by drawing images on the walls; and

     WHEREAS, Art provides children with a sensitivity to beauty, order and other expressive

qualities. Through art, children are able to relax and “lose themselves” in art projects, this alone,

in this crazy hectic world, should be enough to keep art education an intrical part of the

educational experience; and

     WHEREAS, The creative process is used in every aspect of learning. Art education

reinforces and brings to life what students learn in other subjects. Art education interrelates

student learning in art production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics; and

     WHEREAS, Thankfully, our national leaders have acknowledged the necessity of

including art experiences in all students’ education. All citizens are urged to take interest in and

give full support to quality art programs for children and youth; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

Providence Plantations hereby proclaims the month of March as “Youth Art Month”; and be it


     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he is hereby authorized and directed to

transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the Rhode Island Art Education Association.