LT. GOVERNOR MITCH LANDRIEU TO PUSH ARTS IN EDUCATION BILL -- 05/08/2007
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2007
LT. GOVERNOR MITCH LANDRIEU TO PUSH ARTS IN EDUCATION BILL
KENNEDY CENTER PRESIDENT MICHAEL KAISER TO ADDRESS SENATE AND HOUSE
Wednesday, May 9th Press Conference on Steps of State Capitol to follow Kaiser's 2:00 p.m. address to the House Chamber
On Wednesday, May 9, 2007, Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu and Michael Kaiser, President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will lobby the Louisiana Legislature on behalf of SB 299. The bill is designed to put music and the arts in every Louisiana school.
Following a day of meetings with the Lt. Governor and state leaders in culture, arts and music, Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser will adress the Senate at 1:30 p.m., and then address the House at 2 p.m. Immediately following the House address, the Lt. Governor and stakeholders will hold a press conference to talk about their efforts to make Arts in Education a reality.
Currently, 35 states provide music and arts education in public schools. Numerous studies have found exposure to the arts reduces dropout rates, raises standardized test scores, increases aptitude in reading and math, and promotes tolerance and good behavior.
Additionally, Louisiana's cultural industries comprise the second largest workforce in the state. Arts-in-Education (AIE) will build a creative workforce for the future and develop audiences for our Louisiana artists.
WHO: Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu,
WHAT: Press Conference on Arts In Education Bill
WHEN: Wednesday, May 9, 2007
WHERE: Press Conference: Steps of the State Capitol