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Value of arts education

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

Primatologist, anthropologist and activist, Jane Goodall

 

The value of arts education

First let us start by saying that you cannot place a value on arts education and creativity.  That is to say that arts programs in schools and communities allow students and citizens the chance to dream.

The result? Ideas, products, technologies, and ultimately jobs.

Most importantly, what children and young adults stand to gain from an arts education is everything we want for them:

 

  • Self-belief;
  • A sense of belonging;
  • Resilience;
  • Focus and self-control;
  • Interpersonal skills;
  • Emotional awareness;
  • Empathy;
  • Tolerance;
  • Social awareness;
  • Non-destructive ways to express themselves; and finally
  • The ability to overcome barriers and find win-win outcomes in the face of conflict.

Moreover, children and young adults who sing, dance or act outperform those who do not in pretty much every area. For example, they are four times more likely to be recognised for academic achievement, and have better cognitive, motor and social skills than their non-performing friends.

As a result, upon reaching adulthood those same kids:

  • Aspire to higher career goals;
  • Are more likely to enter into public service work;
  • Actively promote of art and culture within their communities; and above all
  • Have stronger pro-social and -community values;

For that reason, we are pleased to offer artists and teachers the chance to promote their skills and services on our website. Having ample opportunities to make and enjoy art is the first step towards increasing arts engagement, and we are thrilled to see so many talented people choosing to lay roots in this great community!


Visit the following pages to learn more about the benefits of arts engagement:

Why the arts?

Benefits of the arts

Make more art: The health benefits of creativity 

The connection between art, healing and public health

The importance of art in child development

Looking at the Social and Emotional Benefits of the Arts

How the Performing Arts Benefit Kids