Arts in Education Aid Council (AEAC) is a nonprofit organization that supports arts education programs in San Fernando Valley public schools.
A well rounded education is not complete without the arts. An arts education is the right of every child and no child should be denied access to the arts based on how much their parents are worth or where they live.
A multicultural curriculum exposes children in the Valley to the cultures of their peers. Being able to express oneself through the arts gives kids a healthy way to manage stress and crisis. A school environment that features the arts keeps kids interested in school, giving them a reprieve from monotony, stress and constant testing that has taken over our education system. Labels such as “successful students” (academic achievers and great test takers) or “unsuccessful students” (non-academic, marginalized, impoverished, learning disabled or those who have been misdiagnosed as learning disabled) lose stigma when kids aren’t judged exclusively on how well they conform. The one size fits all education model has failed.
The days of justifying the importance and relevance of the arts by how much they impact test scores are over. We believe in art for art’s sake.