W.T. Moore has an exciting Visual Arts program that explores the many sides of creating and appreciating art. The program examines why early and modern cultures make art, value art, and express themselves through art. Art class is intended to be a fun, enriching, and relaxing place to be that provides learning and skill building that are not always included in the general curriculum. Below is an excerpt from the Boston Globe advocating Art Education which I believe to be true.
.....arts programs teach a specific set of thinking skills rarely addressed elsewhere in the curriculum - and that far from being irrelevant in a test-driven education system, arts education is becoming even more important as standardized tests like the MCAS exert a narrowing influence over what schools teach. The implications are broad, not just for schools but for society. As schools cut time for the arts, they may be losing their ability to produce not just the artistic creators of the future, but innovative leaders who improve the world they inherit.