ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, Senator Heather Gustafson’s (DFL-Vadnais Heights) bill to provide $1.2 million in funding to the White Bear Center for the Arts High School Internship Program Received its first Hearing in the Jobs and Economic Development Committee. In response, Senator Gustafson released the following statement:
“The White Bear Center for the Arts has been such a valuable and enriching staple in White Bear Lake. The center, a community for the arts, has brought with it a rich and nurturing creative community from all over that offers artistic resources through the lens of equity and inclusion.
Studies have shown that arts education deeply enriches the lives of young people. As an educator, I am especially pleased to be working on this bill to support the White Bear Center for the Arts paid high school internship program. Art is an integral part of a holistic education, and Minnesota’s students deserve the opportunity to lean into and develop their creative side. Ensuring this internship is a paid program also gives students who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to invest time in extracurriculars the ability to do so while financially supporting themselves.”
Senate File 915 was laid over in the Jobs and Economic Development Committee to be considered for inclusion in an omnibus bill.