Massachusetts Curriculum Arts Framework, October 1999:
The Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework applies to the study of dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts.
CORE CONCEPT: In dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts, people express ideas and emotions that they cannot express in language alone. In order to understand the range and depth of the human imagination, one must have knowledge of the arts.
"I have received countless letters testifying to the power of the arts to enhance and even change lives...If our children are unable to voice what they mean, no one will know how they feel. If they can't imagine a different world, they are stumbling through a darkness made all the more sinister by its lack of reference points. For a young person growing up in America's alienated neighborhoods, there can be no greater empowerment than to dare to speak from the heart- and then discover that one is not alone in one's feelings."
- Rita Dove, United States Poet Laureate
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."