Experiencing the arts is an important part of the human experience. The arts compel us to look within ourselves, to engage different points of view and to see the beauty in both the ordinary and the spectacular.
Almost as soon as children develop motor skills, they begin creating art with crayons and finger paints. As adults, people who participate in the arts display more civic engagement and social tolerance.
Most of us view the arts as a positive aspect of human life, but what are some concrete benefits that art participation provides? Read on to learn about four ways art can make us better people in a better society.
1. Communication Skills
Whether it is a painting, song or other form, art is an expression of a feeling or thought. Sometimes we can’t put things into words, and sometimes feelings are more beautiful when not boxed into a set of words. We can find release and meaning through artistic expression.
2. Problem-Solving Skills
Participating in the arts requires constant experimentation and assessment. Should a scene in a play be interpreted this way, or would another approach work better? How should I choreograph this dance to most clearly show my intent? This process improves the artist’s problem-solving skills.
3. Social & Emotional Skills
Oftentimes, the arts are a group experience, from playing an instrument in a band to being part of a theatre production. These experiences teach cooperation and positive interaction. Art also teaches us how to confront and relay our emotions. Participation helps form a healthy sense of self and identity as well as fosters self-efficacy.
4. Self-Expression and Creativity
One of the best things about creativity is that there is no “right” or “wrong.” Young people, especially, can benefit from an environment that is inclusive and encourages creative and self-expression.
We have so many camps, classes, workshops and after-school experiences that teach and celebrate the arts. We invite you and your child to participate in the arts with us and to reap the many benefits such participation provides.