Evidence aplenty – anecdotal and studies – exists to bolster the declaration that arts programs are crucial to student development and performance. That was the backdrop recently as Memphis City Schools hosted the fourth annual ArtsFest at the Board of Education to spotlight the district's arts program.
School groups in the visual, music and dance arts from various schools, including Overton High School, Florida, Kansas Elementary and Hickory Ridge Middle performed on stages. The students were able to showcase their talents, and it was an experience for teachers as well.
ArtsFest is an extension of the hard work arts teachers, also known as non-tested teachers, put in with their pupils throughout the school year. Although there is no standardized test for the arts, teachers must still ensure their students show growth throughout the year.