Art and Music Departments Vision Statement The Visual and Performing Arts Department of the Fall River Public Schools is committed to providing all students with a quality arts education. Our sequential arts curriculum, based on the Massachusetts Arts Framework and the National Standards for Arts Education, offers students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 a multitude of opportunities to explore the arts. Activities include: creative project based learning, cooperative learning in performance groups, historical studies and collaboration with many subject areas. Visual art students are encouraged to display their works. Music and drama students are encouraged to participate in varied venues of performance. Our art, music and theatre students have received many awards for their outstanding achievements. “The arts in education instill in students the habits of mind that last a lifetime: critical analysis skills, the ability to deal with ambiguity and to solve problems, perseverance and a drive for excellence. Moreover, the creative skills children develop through the arts carry them toward new ideas, new experiences, and the new challenges, not to mention personal satisfaction.” (Putting Education Front and Center by Rod Paige and Mike Huckabee, 2006) The Fall River Public Schools arts curriculum provides students with the tools needed to succeed in college arts programs in visual arts, music and theatre. We motivate our students to be life long learners and consumers of the arts.