Why does Arts Education Matter?
Every student learns in their own way and at their own pace. Natural talents begin to reveal themselves as they do, so, too, do areas in which more help may be needed.
Individualized attention is an essential precursor to addressing areas in which children may need academic help. Still, it’s one of several tools that can help them become more well-rounded and capable students.
Another, which receives comparatively little attention, is arts education. Although arts, music, and theatre programs are often first on the chopping block when schools face budget cuts, numerous studies have demonstrated that arts ed has the power to bolster children academically, personally, socially, cognitively, and even physically.
Raising awareness of these profound benefits is at the heart of the annual Arts in Education Week campaign, sponsored by Americans for the Arts, from September 12th – 18th, 2021.
The campaign encourages teachers, students, and parents to share arts education experiences on social media using the hashtag #BecauseOfArtsEd, to be an arts advocate when communicating with school and government leadership, and to support Americans for the Arts’ year-round efforts to promote the importance of arts education both through volunteerism and donations.
Some of the unique benefits of arts education include:
- Improvements to confidence and self-esteem through the discovery of talents and positive reinforcement from peers (source)
- Improved ability to collaborate with peers and teachers after working together on fun, low-stakes activities (source)
- Better spatial, temporal, and visual reasoning created by the use of gross and fine motor skills in art creation (source)
- Enhanced critical thinking ability prompted by the use of planning and execution (source)
- Expanded verbal skills attained through participation in theatre education (source)
- Maturation of decision-making ability through the development of logic and cause and effect (source)
- Positive experiences with diversity and peer acceptance, leading to a more nuanced view of the world (source)
These unique positives merely scratch the surface, as the study of art, music, and theatre is genuinely packed with benefits to offer learners of all ages.
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