Arts Education Topic of Nov. 21 ‘State of Education in Nebraska’ on NET Television

News Release Date: 
November 7, 2013

For Immediate Release

Arts Education Topic of Nov. 21 ‘State of Education in Nebraska’ on NET Television

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nov. 7, 2013) -- There is a lot of focus on the need for STEM education -- the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math. But students benefit from education in the arts and humanities as well. On the next “State of Education in Nebraska,” airing Thursday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. CT on NET Television’s NET2 World, see how Nebraska’s public schools are engaging students through the arts.

Arts programs at schools across Nebraska allow students to express themselves and think creatively, making them more engaged in their studies and impacting their overall school experience for the better. This film, produced by Nebraska Loves Public Schools (NElovesPS), “Why The Arts Matter” looks at the academic, social and emotional impact of art programs in schools. From local elementary music and art programs, to national initiatives like Louder Than A Bomb and Dancing Classrooms, the film examines real-life examples of efforts that are changing the lives of Nebraska kids. It explores the challenges and opportunities faced by today’s public schools as they work to incorporate art-related learning into a tight curriculum, and it answers the questions: why should Nebraskans care?, and what can they do to help?

This film looks at art programs and educators from around the state that are making a difference in the lives of students. From improving academic achievement to helping with social and emotional development, see why the arts matter to our public schools.

This episode is produced to air as part of NET’s “State of Education in Nebraska” series by Nebraska Loves Public Schools, an initiative funded by the Sherwood Foundation with the goal of building pride in Nebraska’s public schools.

The “State of Education in Nebraska” is a two-year initiative led by NET Learning Services and the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. A statewide transmedia effort, “State of Education in Nebraska” examines issues and connects Nebraskans to the important role that innovative school-community partnerships can have on improving student achievement.


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