Hundreds of works of art from students at five elementary
schools were displayed at the annual artsLINK exhibit May 30 – June 24 on
the Loyola Marymount University campus. The exhibit was hosted by the School of
Education’s Family of Schools and the College of Communication and Fine Arts.
The artsLINK program connects LMU arts resources and faculty
expertise with Westchester elementary schools. Terry Lenihan, arts consultant
for the program, remarked that training in the arts is essential to a complete education.
“Research into the impact of arts education on student
learning and development has been rising,” she said. “Studies show that students with high levels
of arts participation outperform their peers with little or no arts education. Arts
education develops the whole child by fostering creativity and by building
visual intelligence, self-esteem, and problem-solving skills.”
Organizers of the artsLINK program plan to hold another
student exhibit and an arts workshop series for teachers during the 2009-2010
school year. The workshops aim to increase teachers’ knowledge of the arts and
ability to teach the arts to children.
“artsLINK is putting
the university at the heart of the community in service and partnership with
the public schools and the students and families surrounding the campus,” said
Drew Furedi, senior director of the LMU Family of Schools. “We are excited to
continue the work of building a bridge between the Westchester community and