R 105
2019 -- S 0393
Enacted 02/27/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Gallo, Conley, Goodwin, Ciccone, and Sheehan
Date Introduced: February 27, 2019

     WHEREAS, The arts enhance and enrich the lives of every Rhode Islander; and
     WHEREAS, The State of Rhode Island has clear evidence that the arts contribute
significantly to our quality of life, the quality education of our residents, and the economy of our
state; and
     WHEREAS, According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic
Analysis, the arts strengthen the Rhode Island economy by generating approximately $1.8 billion
in economic activity annually and by supporting nearly 18,000 jobs; and
     WHEREAS, The arts bolster the development of what are commonly referred to as
deeper learning skills -- the skills and knowledge that students need to attain success in college,
career, and citizenship, such as teamwork and collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving,
public speaking, tolerance, flexibility, and attention to detail, all of which are essential skills that
employers require in a vibrant and competitive economy; and
     WHEREAS, Arts education in preK-12 schools is essential in order for Rhode Island
students to graduate fully proficient and ready to enter the Rhode Island workforce; and
     WHEREAS, The National Art Education Association designates the month of March as
"Youth Art Month"; and
     WHEREAS, The American Alliance for Theatre & Education and the Educational
Theatre Association designate the month of March as "Theatre in our Schools Month"; and
     WHEREAS, The National Association for Music Education designates the month of
March as "Music in our Schools Month"; and
     WHEREAS, The National Dance Education Organization designates the month of March
as "Dance in our Schools Month"; now, therefore, be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby proclaims the month of March 2019, to be "Arts in the Schools Month" in our state. We
furthermore urge all the citizens of the state to join us in the observance of this month, and to
recognize and applaud the efforts of arts educators, artists, and administrators who work
diligently to ensure that all young people have access to the arts in their schools throughout the
school year; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the
Rhode Island Art Education Association, the Rhode Island Music Educators Association, and the
Dance Alliance of Rhode Island.