March is Arts in Education month. To celebrate, we thought we’d take a moment to explore what we can all take away from the study and enjoyment of the arts. Recently, the National Art Education Association posted an article called “10 Lessons the Arts Teach.”
Keep in mind that no matter your age, the arts benefit all. Here are a few of the points mentioned.
The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. The great thing about art is one person’s interpretation is just as correct as the next. Often times, personal experiences can influence how something is perceived.
The arts help children (and adults) learn to say what cannot be said. A picture (or any form of art) says a thousand words. Within those thousand words, stories normally not portrayed due to fear of rejection, shame, or embarrassment can be revealed.
The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. As the National Art Education Association states, “The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.” Simply put, what you clearly state is not everything that you are knowledgeable about. There are many different ways of expression that can’t all be explained at once. No one way works better than another.
The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source. Activities such as attending a local art festival and learning how to paint watercolor broaden horizons. Afterward, sharing experiences with others opens doors for more positivity. The next time you attend an event, your friends and family may be more likely to join you.
The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important. Upcoming generations will learn to appreciate the arts starting from an earlier age if we emphasize their importance. So, help us in keeping the arts alive inside and outside our community!
For the complete list, visit the National Art Education Association’s website HERE.
Get in touch with your creative vibe HERE.
Find some local resources HERE.