The arts not only enrich our lives, communities, and culture, they are also an essential component of a child’s education. A strong arts education encourages the development of certain skills which children need to be successful. More and more studies have found that there is compelling proof to link student learning in the arts to an extensive range of academic and social advantages. Here are some of the most important benefits of an education that has a strong arts component.
Encourage Creativity and Self-Expression
The arts present an opportunity for children to express themselves more effectively and be more creative. Some children may not have access to art supplies or creative activities at home. When educational institutions have a good arts department, children receive the opportunity to stimulate their imaginations, and improve their cognitive and problem-solving skills. Furthermore, completing an art project allows a child to express himself and his emotions through his work.
For very young children, making art, or even just talking about it, is a chance to learn words for colors, shapes and actions. As they grow older, children learn more about how to use descriptive words to talk about their own creations or relay which feelings are evoked when they view the artwork of other people.
Improve Academic Performance
The problem-solving skills that children develop when they learn the arts allow them to think creatively in other situations, consequently, boosting their academic outcomes. Research findings show that kids who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.
Improve Community Cohesion
Students from lower income families often receive little exposure to the arts if they are not provided by schools. A study found that arts education can bridge the gap between socioeconomic groups, allowing for a more level academic environment for children who do not have access to the same kind of enrichment experiences outside of school that their more privileged peers have.