As a white person, I haven’t spent much time thinking about my own race, but rather my lack of a race as defined by American society. In other words, my multicultural education has consisted of recognizing that my White race gives me certain advantages in national and international settings, advantages that most other races do not have anywhere in the world.
Whole child education, and what it means to have a “liberal arts education” aside, arts education is not only relevant, but it’s economically and culturally important to sustain in our schools. The creative class, that contingent of people within the workforce that create the content that the rest of us consume, is entering the driver’s seat in the 21st century. Graphic designers, animators, copywriters, innovators in every industry are the future of our economic and cultural trademark. That class of people requires the kind of creative and conceptual cultivation that an arts education provides.