5 Valuable Lessons From An Education in the Arts

Being exposed to the art culture has been part of a well-rounded curriculum for decades. However, there is unfortunately still a drastic cut on art programs as many parents don't see art having a tactical return for a student. Studying the arts from a young age is what bridges students from different cultures, backgrounds and personalities together. It also booosts our confidence as we learn to understand ourselves in this world. Here is a list of 5 Lessons That Education In The Arts Provides for Students.

1) Cultural Awareness: Art teaches us about culture. Our society is only getting more diverse, and we are constantly fed with thousands of mixed media messages on a daily basis. “If a child is playing with a toy that suggests a racist or sexist meaning, part of that meaning develops because of the aesthetics of the toy—the color, shape, texture of the hair,” says Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University. Our cultural awareness strengthens with the arts as we learn to understand how concepts are interpreted through other people's realities and backgrounds.

2) We become more in touch with our individuality: We learn how our sense of seeing, hearing, touching etc plays a role in our emotions, which engages our minds with ieals stretched beyond the textbooks. We become more in touch with ourselves as we feel the universal spirit for words, dance, music and visual art to unleash the human spirit. Seeing the world through these lenses, we are able to find new methods of problem solving being able to take different angles and solutions with many world's biggest issues.

3) We're able to connect and empathize with other communities: Being able to connect to more people in the world creates a deeper perspective onlife, creating bridges that bring people together. So much art is focused on collaboration towards a common goal, combining ideas and feeling out what works and doesn't. Relationships deepen when each child learns the value of what they bring to the table for the bigger picture.

4) Innovation is Key: We learn how to think outside of the box when it comes to solving problems. Arne Duncan, the US Secretary of Education, states “Today’s workers need more than just skills and knowledge to be productive and innovative participants in the workforce. […] To succeed today and in the future, America’s children will need to be inventive, resourceful, and imaginative. The best way to foster that creativity is through arts education”. We start to see how minor changes on a work create huge differences.

5) There is no limit to our imagination: The limit of our language does not need to limit our imagination. We can take our minds as far as we'd like, beyond what words can describe, and we can share it with others through the arts so they can also have such an experience. This teaches us to say what we can't say with words, letting us disclose how we feel, creating a language that speaks across economic, social, racial and cultural barriers.

A student's progress in art can't be measured the way reading and math scores are measured, but it does play a difference in how the students perceives culture and life experiences. It's measured in our happiness and the relationships we have in our life. The arts give us a sense of self discovery, and with that comes the power that anything is possible. Art overall gives us a different view on how to react in life's circumstances while giving us the free to be introspective and find personal meaning.



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