WYCD Creators: Jessica Arinella and Mary Micari have begun interviewing Arts in Education experts for their first episode of the show! On Monday, the team went to the Young Audiences NY offices to talk to much of the staff there. With them, Jess and Mary discussed topics like why arts in education is so important, what impact it has on the students and how people could get involved at their local school.
After discussing Arts in Education as an issue, Jess and Mary asked about how each of them was affected personally by having arts in their school growing up. I have to say, this was one of the discussions I found most fascinating. Each had a rather compelling story about how finding a certain artistic discipline helped to create who they were as a person - whether that meant fitting in at school better, opening up their social circle in a new way or starting a love affair with an artistic outlet that remains to this day.
For Jess and Mary, this is just part 1 of their story. Next they want to hear from every day people. How has having (or not having) the arts in school affected the average person? Is this an issue that most people feel is important to them? Why or why not?
What better way to find this out than by taking it to the streets. Beware, we might want to hear from you!