Have you ever wondered what we mean exactly when we say 'art is important to thrive in learning and in life'?
Here is our first reason for the question: Why does Art in Education Matter?
This year, to help us better understand the importance of art in education, we are answering why art in education matters. And over this month, I will be sharing our top four reasons with you, and looking forward to hearing from you too.
Art builds 21st-century skills
With an increasing focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, the arts are not always recognized as a vital part of 21st-century learning. While the emphasis on STEM is essential to meet the needs of our ever-changing economy, at ArtStarts, we believe that putting the 'A' into STEAM best prepares children with the skill set they will need to become successful, well-rounded thinkers.
The following are five critical skills students learn through an arts-based education:
Creativity: Creativity is one of the top skills for the future. Having the ability to think imaginatively and bring fresh ideas to the table are essential to innovation and progress. Art education allows students to express themselves and think outside of the box.
Collaboration: Working together for a common purpose teaches kids that their contribution is important. By working collaboratively on a project, students learn to communicate more effectively, compromise when necessary, and work hard even if their role may seem small.
Confidence: The arts create a safe space for students to explore their talents and build their confidence. The sense of pride gained through engaging in a creative process encourages students to keep trying and striving to accomplish more. With confidence, they are more likely to take risks, make mistakes and step out of their comfort zone to try new things in other areas of their lives.
Empathy: Through the arts, students have a place not only to learn about different cultures than their own but also to ask questions and learn about the realities of others. By learning about other people, children are able to develop their ability for empathy, which is essential in working with all people, and realize that we have more in common than not.
Critical Thinking: When students engage in arts-based learning, the process includes the kind of thinking that helps build their critical thinking skills including observation, reasoning, and problem-solving. During the creative process, children use logic and problem solving to strategize how to reach their intended outcomes. The ability to think critically to solve problems in a unique way is key to the 21st-century workplace.
Our collective need for these skills is more acute today than ever before. That is why ArtStarts is invested in expanding the role of art in education so that young people have access to what they need to thrive. This work is essential and we can't do it alone.
This winter, we are raising $10,000 before Dec 31
to increase access to arts-based learning
for all young people.
William, we have now raised $3600. Will you help us reach our goal?