Why arts education is valuable for schools

Sandra Gattenhof makes the case for arts being included as core skills in both public and private schools to create the next generation of artists and problem solvers.

There has been renewed scrutiny in recent weeks about spending on private school capital works. Alongside science labs, sporting fields, and ‘wellbeing spaces’, many of Australia’s richest schools feature elaborate performing arts centres.

Melbourne’s Wesley College’s redevelopment, for example, includes a $21 million music school and $2.3 million visual arts and design precinct. Meanwhile, programs for disadvantaged students who show artistic talent have relied on volunteers and small grants.

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