Jazz legend promotes CPS arts education

April 29, 2008 5:03:25 PM PDT
Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis is joining forces with Chicago Public Schools to promote arts education.The Office of Arts Education hosted a day-long symposium to provide access to a quality arts education for more students. It would include experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

According to one study, young people who participate in the arts for nine hours a week are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.

Lewis is a Chicago Public Schools graduate and an advocate of a well-rounded learning experience.

"I think the Greeks got it right. We must teach the whole person, the whole student, not just concentrate on certain aspects of the personality," he said.

The OAE says it is a never-ending effort to secure more funding for arts education.