• About the Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum

    Arts Education in the 21st Century

    Creativity is a driving force in the 21st-century global economy, with the fastest growing jobs and emerging industries relying on the ability of workers to think unconventionally and use their imaginations.

    The best employers the world over will be looking for the most competent, most creative, and most innovative people on the face of the earth ... This will be true not just for the top professionals and managers, but up and down the length and breadth of the workforce. ... Those countries that produce the most important new products and services can capture a premium in world markets

    (2007, National Center on Education and the Economy)
    NJCCCS for Visual & Performing Arts Mission: The arts enable personal, intellectual, social, economic, and human growth by fostering creativity and providing opportunities for expression beyond the limits of language.
    NJCCCS for Visual & Performing Arts Vision: An education in the arts fosters a population that:
    ·Creates, reshapes, and fully participates in the enhancement of the quality of life, globally.
    ·Participates in social, cultural, & intellectual interplay among people of different ethnic, racial, & cultural backgrounds through a focus on humanities.

    ·Possesses essential technical skills and abilities significant to many aspects of life and work in the 21st century.

    ·Understands and impacts the increasingly complex technological environment.