Many do not understand just how vital creative expression and the arts are to our society. Art, and all the genres it encompasses - dance, theatrical production, language arts, music, painting, drawing, sculpture, and more - provides numerous benefits to the communities that embrace it. More specifically, school-aged children, exposed to arts programs are more likely to become involved in their community, develop leadership skills, seek mentorship, cultivate their artistic talents, improve problem-solving skills, expand their critical thinking skills, and so much more.
Join FloFiyah and F.E.E.D. as we explore the many positive effects on child and community development, plus learn why we believe it is essential that all schools offer creative arts programs like ours!
Why Creative Arts Programs Are Important
Many children do not have access to extracurricular, creative arts activities outside of school, be it that the community does not provide them or the parents can't afford them. Therefore, parents and children look to their educational institutions for creative arts exposure.
While in schools, creative arts programs enhance the students development in many ways. For example, the arts have been shown to help children learn empathy and demonstrate more prosocial behavior than their peers who don't receive arts education. In addition, involvement in the visual or performing arts can improve academic performance because it helps kids develop skills like creativity, divergent thinking, and self-discipline.
The arts also provide students with a social outlet that allows them to interact with peers outside of the traditional classroom setting. As a result, they are more likely to appreciate the uniqueness of others and gain valuable life skills like collaborating, problem-solving, and thinking independently. In addition, studies have found that these experiences cultivate communication skills, self-esteem, and other valuable skills necessary for success in the future.