Arts and your future
Superintendent Dr. Blow believes heavily in the arts programs throughout the schools in the district.
“The arts allow for a lot more creativity than your more traditional subjects,” she states. She discusses the amount of collaboration that goes into the arts, such as playing together in a band or choir. “In a good rounded education, you have both,” but she does talk about the importance of more traditional subjects. She believes that in today’s job market, art skills are becoming more and more important, but thinks “ a world without the arts would also not be a fun world.”
“Today, one of the things employers are looking for is creativity and innovation.” She goes on to give examples of jobs that require that kind of innovation, such as Silicon Valley jobs like Google, Apple, and other larger, newer corporations.
Blow goes on to explain what she, as well as the rest of the school district, is doing in order to support this necessity. “We have added a rotation where every kindergarten through sixth grader [receives] 30 minutes of music and 30 minutes of visual arts. Additionally we trained our music teachers and our PE teachers to teach a unit of dance,” into the week for elementary school students.
She also talks about the recent implementation of a junior high choir and its early successes. In the last concert for the new choir, which was shared with the junior high band, there was only one problem, “People were standing out the doors (because a lot of people showed up to the concert.)” She’s also on the Orcutt Children’s Arts Foundation board of directors, which is a foundation that makes sure kids have the proper tools and funding to do art.
Clearly, Superintendent Dr. Blow, being a music major herself, is more than interested in supporting the arts. She’s implemented ways for all the students in the district can spread their artistic wings in areas of visual and performing arts.