WHEREAS, youth art education is a viable component of elementary and secondary education that helps young people grow and develop to be able to compete in the global market; and
WHEREAS, art education develops students’ creative potential and improves problem-solving and critical thinking skills by reinforcing and bringing to life what students learn in other subjects; and
WHEREAS, art education teaches sensitivity to beauty, order, and other expressive qualities, and also gives students a deeper understanding of multi-cultural values and beliefs; and
WHEREAS, art education helps students develop lifelong skills, including language development, inventiveness, motor skills, visual learning, and decision making; and
WHEREAS, art education interrelates student learning in art production, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics; and
WHEREAS, the National Art Education Association, in conjunction with the Virginia Art Education Association, strives to improve the well-being of our communities by upgrading visual awareness of the cultural strengths of Virginia and the United States as a whole; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia joins the National Art Education Association and the Virginia Art Education Association in supporting our youth in their intellectual development through artistic endeavors, and offering support to our committed art teachers;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2018 as YOUTH ART MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.