An education in the arts is an essential part of the academic curriculum for the achievement of human, social, and economic growth. The arts embrace intuition, imagination and originality; promote critical thinking and problem solving; and offer the learner ways to make connections with other peoples, times, and places.
The acquisition of knowledge about the arts goes beyond the techniques of production or performance. Such knowledge provides for language, content of the arts, sensorial awareness, and for reflective, critical, and analytical thinking skill. The arts provide an intensive learning experience that involves the body, the mind, emotions and imagination.
Arts education is the foundation of lifelong learning that leads students to become participants in, and intelligent consumers of the arts.
Our state and national economic well-being and ability to compete and cooperate in the global marketplace require that our students learn to develop original ideas, increase their ability to solve problems, and interact in partnerships: skills inherently learned in the arts.
Therefore, the Harding Arts Curriculum reflects the National Standards for Arts Education and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Visual and Performing Arts.