As we advance in the 21st century, we must make creativity and the arts a priority in K-12 education. Yes, you heard me. And no I didn’t misspeak. I didn’t mean “should”, “ought to” or “might want to”, nor did I mean “emphasis” or “option” or “elective”. “MUST” and “PRIORITY”. Exclusive development of linear and logical thinking capacities might get students a job in today’s workforce… But what about in 2026, when this year’s kindergarten class finishes their undergraduate degrees? The world is changing more rapidly now than ever before, and the only thing we can be certain of is that if we educate them to be creative, we educate them to adapt. We owe it to our students to allow them to develop ALL of their aptitudes.
I’m a teaching artist, arts advocate, actor, dancer, writer, and human who cares about our posterity. I’m also Miss Greater NYC 2010, and I’m using this opportunity provided to me by the Miss America Organization to shine a spotlight on the possibilities our nation has to make public education serve our students better. I look forward to sharing my thoughts about the future of arts education with Artistew!