Although the arts were considered a core area in the “No Child Left Behind” legislation, students are not tested on arts knowledge, and therefore arts education does not receive the same priority as other areas of the curriculum. Arts education is no longer tracked as part of the annual Washoe County School Accountability report. An impressive 89% of Americans believe that arts education is important enough to be taught in schools, but the sad truth is, your kids spend more time at their lockers than in arts classes. Read the facts on how arts education helps kids do better: Nevada Alliance for Arts Education: Americans for the Arts
Performance opportunities targeted at youth
Every arts organization in Northern Nevada offers special programs for students and young people. Educational programs abound, and nonprofits are mindful of the importance of reach new audiences. There is no central data source for art targeted for young people, but here’s just one example of bringing music to the kids by the Reno Philharmonic.