Last week was Arts Education week. A lot of information has been shared through social media and in the news by passionate advocates and industry leaders on this very important topic.
I am sharing with you a just a glimpse of the conversation surrounding this subject in hopes that it offers insight into the current situation within our nation’s schools and an understanding of how engaging in the Arts directly effects our children’s development in ways that would make you proud.
It is not news that schools are continually cutting the Arts out of its programming.
But don’t despair, there is a big push to evolve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) in schools. While STEM is extremely valuable, if we want the best innovators, we must teach the Arts. Arts + Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century just as science and technology did in the last century.
Involvement in the Arts also engages the brain in a completely different way. It uses both the left and right side and sparks creativity, curiosity and imagination. As a result, children learn to experience situations through multiple perspectives and it teaches empathy and what it means to relate to one another on a deep level. Children who experience the Arts are more confident, better communicators and problem solvers. The list of positive outcomes are many. These are just a few.
Following is a website and an article that support Arts Education.
As an advocate of the above and pioneer of the JCC’s Performing Arts Program, I want to remind you that in your own backyard, at the JCC, we offer a top notch performing arts program for children 6-18 years old.
It has been a little over a year, since we launched JPAS (J Performing Arts Space) and I want to thank you all for your support. We believe we will make a difference in your child’s life and we can already see the growth in the children who have been enrolled in our program.
Please help us spread the word about our programming. Your children, your friends children and so on, deserve the opportunity to experience the Arts.
Manager, J Performing Arts Space
Director, Camp StarQuest