Miss Illinois visits Rockford school, advocating for arts funding

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Miss Illinois Ariel Beverly is touring the state to bring awareness to the impact of the arts on students, and visited Rockford’s Haskell Elementary on Tuesday.

Beverly, a former arts teacher, has a social impact initiative that focuses on advocating for the arts and making sure schools have enough funding for programs.

She says arts programs can build skills that translate to success in other careers.

“It’s not just about creating that future professional musician or artist,” she said. “It’s about all the skills and life lessons that can come from being involved in the arts, like time management, creative problem solving, just pride in their own work and ideas.”

Beverly went on to say that her initiative supports various programs, including art, music, and theater.

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