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Ochoa Argues for the Importance of Arts Ed on WBEZ

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Sep 12, 2016

José Ochoa, executive & artistic director at ChiArts (Chicago, IL), was recently featured on a WBEZ Chicago Morning Shift segment entitled “Artsy Isn’t Fartsy: Why Arts Education Matters.” The segment focused on the importance of arts for a vibrant education and what parents need to know about the role arts can play in their child’s development.

Remarking on the constant debate regarding the importance of the arts, Ochoa notes that it always “seems that we’re having to defend the work that we do. But artists are adaptive and that can be what makes us successful and allows us longevity in our careers.”

Later in the discussion, asked about the choice that students have to make in terms of pursuing the arts or adopting a “serious” career, Jose says that that is often a conversation he has with eighth graders who are entering the school. But, once they get a sense for “all of the skills” that are involved in the arts, they realize that arts education can prepare them “for anything.”

Listen to the full segment here.

About Chicago High School for the Arts

The Chicago High School for the Arts is a college-preparatory, pre-professional arts training program in the following disciplines: creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. ChiArts is a Renaissance 2010 Contract School and Chicago's first public arts high school.

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