Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Representing the 9th District of Illinois

STEM & Arts Education

I have long supported women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. There is a significant gender disparity in this sector with women holding less than 25 percent of all STEM jobs in this country. It is critical that we continue to inspire young women to pursue educational and career opportunities in STEM-related fields. There is a tremendous opportunity for women to make a difference with America's innovative capacity and global competitiveness.

I have been a passionate advocate for the arts and arts education in Congress, both serving on the Congressional Arts Caucus and receiving an "A+" on the Arts Report Card. I have opposed decreases in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and for the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education. There is no question that arts and humanities education not only create well-rounded human beings, but more responsible citizens who contribute to the richness of our cultural heritage.

Resources

An Artistic Discovery - Congressional Art Competition

More on STEM & Arts Education

May 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, honored participants in the Illinois 9th Congressional District’s 2019 “An Artistic Discovery” Congressional Art Competition, and named the students who were chosen to receive the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes. This annual competition, sponsored by the Congressional Institute, invites young artists from around the nation to compose and submit visual art to their member of Congress.

May 5, 2016 Press Release

CHICAGO – Rep. Jan Schakowsky announced the top four winners in the Illinois 9th Congressional District 2016 Artistic Discovery competition. Each year, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nation-wide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each Congressional district. Each young artist who submitted his or her work for the competition was honored at a ceremony at the Skokie Library on  April 25, attended by families, friends and teachers. All of their art was on display for two weeks at the library.

May 3, 2012 Press Release

CHICAGO, IL (May 3, 2012) — Today Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) announced the Illinois 9th district's winners of the 2012 "An Artistic Discovery Congressional Art Competition.... Conducted in Congressional districts throughout the country, the competition has had hundreds of thousands of participants since its inception in 1982.