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Arts leaders seek answer for youth engagement downturn

The Arizona Republic
Medium: Print

The Arizona Republic sits down with the arts learning program director for the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Ashley Hare, to learn how we can improve arts education.

Arts activists see the absence of comprehensive arts education as a contributor to the lack of youth arts engagement; Ashley Hare is no exception. She outlines that low priority of the arts, the need for parental and community support, and the aging audience all have led to a serious decline in kids' interest in arts and the overall decrease in the work force. 

“When we look at arts and humanities, we are looking at growing the whole child... It is not just artists that need creativity. We need that creativity to have successful leaders in every single industry.”

– Ashley Hare, Arts Learning Program Director