Gregory Pitts

City: Compton Unified
Position Seeking: Board Member

Question 1: Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts) while growing up and its impact on you.

One of my most meaningful experiences with the arts growing up has to be when I took drawing in high school. I had never been particularly artistic and couldn’t draw at all. My teacher was very encouraging and thoughtfully guided me through one of my favorite concepts in art, perspective. I really enjoyed the ways in which on could play with scale and show movement. Although much of what you do with perspective requires you to use a ruler, I felt that I became skilled in this area. Because of the teacher I had, I became more confident in what I didn’t know I was capable of.

Question 2: How can arts education support student outcomes such as English language development, reducing the achievement gap, and preparing youth for college and/or meaningful careers?

Arts education has a great influence on improving the educational outcomes of our students. For example, this is why the ‘A,’ was added to the S.T.E.M. acronym bringing about S.T.E.A.M. The influence of the arts on science education is tremendous. Without the arts, we would never have the visually appealing style of some of our most beloved pieces of technology such as the iPhone and many other Apple products. Students need to understand that there is a niche for them in any field of study that they may want to embark upon, and the arts are the common thread. Whether it is drama, graphic arts, music et cetera. The arts can open up many doors to new and untapped abilities within all of our students that they didn’t know where available to them.

Question 3: What do you think the role of the School Board should be in ensuring that students have continued access to a broad range of study subjects, including the arts (broadly defined)?

School boards have a moral obligation to ensure that all students have access to relevant and viable arts programming that will allow them to explore their untapped abilities that will make them more competitive in the post-secondary arena and the world of work.

Question 4: In light of the Local Control Funding Formula and development of district Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs), what are your creative solutions for achieving goals in the eight priority areas?

In light of the LCAPs eight goals, my plan would be to partner with as many stakeholders as possible. Including parents, PTSA groups, city and local officials, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that can offer enrichment programming that will help to enhance the experiences of our students and move us toward meeting those goals.