• Janice Oliver-Iraci, Executive Director

The Arts in Education. The Art of Education.

Where is the value?

Rubbish art
Art can be transformational.

The arts comprise may forms - visual, performing, written. They are something that are part of our daily lives, but don't get the recognition they deserve. We also miss the opportunity to identify their importance in general education platforms. The arts offer many opportunities to children AND their families. Their value is tenfold because they help us learn in many ways, and, we learn how to create beautiful works of art for all to enjoy.

Using the arts to create an avenue for expression is healthy. Many who cannot verbalize their experience are able to communicate this through their art. There are many children (and adults) who deal with trauma only through drawing or singing it out. For others, dance is the mechanism through which they can find release.

“Using the arts to create an avenue for expression is healthy.”

Not everyone experiences talent in the same way.

For students like Marcos Allen, who works within confines of having a diagnosed learning disorder, art is what brings him self-confidence. Check out his video here: https://www.facebook.com/Understood/videos/2851433741549640/

The arts have been shown to increase academic skills.

Many teachers have instinctively known this for a long time, but now data is bearing it out. Per the Education Commission of the States, the arts have been shown to markedly increase critical skills such as "...creativity, teamwork and perseverance..." which are skills that we have seen lacking of late. For the past decade or so, many arts programs have been removed from schools. Coincidence? I think not!

Black girl drawing
Visual arts have been shown to significantly improve psychological resilience (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0101035)

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