ArtsEd Washington Executive Director Una McAlinden was featured in the recent edition of ParentMap magazine.  The article, Who’s Got the Beat?  Music Programs Enrich Schools, discusses how music, as well as dance, theater, and visual art, are essential to fostering creative thinking skills.

Yet, amongst budget cuts, these subjects are typically the first to be downsized or eliminated.  When asked why music and the arts experience more cuts than any other subject, Una shared that “it’s important that we know children are learning and that we have evidence that will inform and improve instructional strategies…However, when you focus your testing and your data points on only two or three core subjects, it’s inevitable that subjects that aren’t being tested will become pushed down in the allocation of time and resources.”

The article was also featured in a special edition of LearningMap, ParentMap’s special education publication.