Dr. Deborah B. Reeve posed this question in her June 2009 column, "Cleansing the Palette," from NAEA News:
"I want to know how you see it. I want to know how art influences the way you see your life – as an individual, as a professional art educator. How do you see art “working” on you? How does art influence the way you take in, and respond to, the experiences in your life?"
For the past year, NAEA has engaged in ongoing discussions about the future of visual arts education and implications for the profession and the field, leading to a meeting of scholars, important stakeholders, and friends of arts education, held at the Aspen Institute last summer.
From these discussions came the document Learning in a Visual Age: The Critical Importance of Visual Arts Education. This monograph raises awareness of the critical importance of visual arts education through the following topics:
• What High-Quality Arts Education Provides • How High-Quality Arts Education Can Prepare Students for the Future • What Excellent Visual Arts Teaching Looks Like • How to Infuse the Arts Into Learning Environments • Ensuring Excellent Visual Arts Education for Every Student • Recommendations for the Federal Government