Featured ribbon-cutting with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and musical performances by CPS students studying with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan acknowledged Chicago Public School (CPS) students at an exhibit opening of their artwork hosted in the Department’s auditorium with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning. He was joined by CPS Director of Humanities Paul Whitsitt and several other CPS administrators and teachers, as well as 16 Chicago high school students visiting Washington D.C. for the event today.
One-hundred pieces of artwork from CPS students will be displayed at the Department through April 16. They were selected in the CPS All-City Art Exhibition, an annual juried exhibit that honors outstanding achievement in the visual arts by high school students participating in district-wide art classes. The opening event also featured a musical performance by five CPS students who are studying with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which also sponsored the young performers’ trip to Washington.
Secretary Duncan spoke about the importance of the arts as part of a well-rounded curriculum for all students, which is a key component of the President’s blueprint for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. “The arts, perhaps more than any other subject, prepare young people with creativity and innovative thinking,” said Duncan.