Director of Creative Arts
Mr. Kevin Scully
Department Secretary: Angela McGrade
Daly Administrative Annex
90 Avenue C
Port Washington, NY 11050
The Importance of Arts in Education
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all...Aristotle
Here in Port Washington, we believe that the Arts provide children with the unique opportunity to pursue excellence, while developing self-discipline, interpersonal skills, and problem-solving techniques. In conjunction with the New York State Learning Standards in the Arts and Common Core Learning Standards, we wholeheartedly support the concept that the Fine Arts are an integral part of a core education for all children in our community.
Similar to English, math, science and the other core subjects, the arts (dance, music, theater and visual arts) are challenging subjects with rigorous content and achievement standards at the state and national levels. They require highly qualified teachers who challenge all students, not just those who are considered artistically talented, to perform works of art, create their own works, and respond to works of art and the ideas they impart.
In addition to studying the arts for their own sake, experiencing and making works of art benefits students in their intellectual, personal, and social development. Research studies point to strong relationships between learning in the arts and fundamental cognitive skills. These capacities are used to master other core subjects, including reading, writing and mathematics.