As creative beings, students have the potential to generate original artistic and literary work that will shape the world around them even as they themselves are being formed and influenced by the artistic work of others. Students require knowledge of the various ways the values of a society—whether historical or contemporary, local or international, personal or parochial—are reflected in the arts. Students will develop critical language for discussing art and literature, as well as skills for articulating their informed response to such works. The core curriculum will provide meaningful experiences with art and literature, such as the opportunity to appreciate, perform, or create works of art, theatre, music, and literature. In doing so, students will be encouraged to exercise imagination and creativity across all disciplines in the pursuit of beauty.