Art, often seen as a fun activity, a reward, and an end of week treat, is in fact essential to many of our learners. Participation in art and music actually helps these kids learn better. It is what helps them develop literacy, math and science skills. Along with increased academic abilities, the arts help students learn to think outside the box, find multiple solutions to a problem, work collaboratively and so much more.
Participation in the arts gives children the opportunity to create or achieve for the sake and joy of others versus achievement for personal gain. The arts also provide a way for children to create beauty, grow in their understanding of others and see the world from a larger perspective. The arts provide a chance for children to express feelings they may be unable to express in words; an important component to the healthy emotional development of children.
The arts are an essential part of a well rounded education – for all children.