Arts Education Is Essential

Americans for the Arts joined 52 other national arts and education groups, including the Center For The Arts At River Ridge, in signing a unified statement outlining the importance of arts education for all students in this time of crisis.


In the statement, "Arts Education Is Essential," the signing organizations convey that the arts already have played a pivotal and uplifting role during the pandemic, and that arts education can help students as they return to school. Arts education advocates are encouraged to use this statement to help make the case to district leaders, principals, and other education decisionmakers to include arts education teachers and programs in future school budgets and operations planning.

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‘Voice’ Sensation from Hudson to Share Love of Music

Rick D’Onofrio, managing director at Pasco Schools Center for the Arts at River Ridge, is fond of quoting Albert Einstein that “the arts are contagious, pass them on.” Shalyah Fearing, the 16-year-old Hudson girl, proved just how contagious the arts can be this spring. She attracted many fans as she went far this spring as a contestant on the NBC-TV singing competition show “The Voice.”

After a taste of fame, Shalyah has been spreading her love of music among her many Pasco devotees at area venues, including four songs with the FearingStar band at the African American Club of Pasco’s 2016 Juneteenth party.

Now Shalyah will be a special gues at Talent Showcase, to be presented Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, at River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road.

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School Matters: February 11, 2016

View our featured advertisement within Pasco County’s District School Boards newsletter! The latest School Matters newsletter features exciting subjects from the Superintendents message, to Pasco PLACE Souper Bowl Challenge Food Drive, to our sponsored ad for Always… Patsy Cline.
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