Arts For the Schools: Educating the whole child |

Arts For the Schools: Educating the whole child

Paula Rachuy
Special to the Sun
Three generations enjoying good food and a great performance at Friday's Hearts for Arts fundraiser.
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Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Arts education teaches ways of thinking unavailable in any other discipline.

Knowledge requires repetitious learning of concepts already known. Imagination requires students to create something from nothing, and that imaginative thinking transfers to every aspect of adult life and work.

Creativity is required in business, computer science, medicine, engineering — in fact, in any human endeavor. Without it, knowledge would stall, and the human race would retreat back to the Dark Ages.

Arts education is essential to keeping the flame of creativity alive. And when children find an art form that sustains their interest, the subsequent strengthening of their brains’ attention networks can improve cognition more broadly.

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Every person in our community has the opportunity to impact a young person’s life by encouraging art education, both in the classroom and in the community.

The arts are important and teach our children valuable life-long lessons. The arts teach us that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer. The arts embrace the diversity of outcome.

This community has been supporting art education for our local students for decades and working tirelessly to offer visual and performing arts in our area.

On Friday, March 28, many of you came together to help celebrate 30 years of Arts For the Schools at the Annual Hearts for Arts Fundraiser.

Thanks to our generous sponsors and raffle donors who supported this event — La Galleria, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Mountain Forge, Northstar California, Artist Bill Vrooman, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Gray’s Crossing Golf Club, Richard Blair, Tahoe Print Shop, Cabona’s and Sierra Fine Wines.

We also thank the following generous donors that support the performing arts and culture programs all year long — Laird Norton Family Foundation, Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, Ferrari’s Crown Resort, Vail Resorts Echo, Nevada Arts Council, Lake Tahoe School, Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District, Artworks, Measure A, Soroptimist International Truckee Donner and Rubicon Pizza Company.

Join Arts For the Schools for the final performance of this season on Friday, April 25. The Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno will perform at 7 p.m. at the North Tahoe High Theater.

AFTS is supported by grants, Measure A funds and donations. For more information, visit our website at,

Paula Rachuy is a member of the Arts For the Schools Board of Trustees.


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