Each year, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts holds a Children and the Arts Festival in Peterborough, NH. A year of planning and great community cooperation culminates in this all-day event, where the streets are closed to vehicular traffic and filled instead with song, laughter, parading Giant Puppets, food, fun, dancing, chalk art, the Art Walk, and something for everyone who loves art and children. Schools, businesses, organizations, and families come together to create this very special day and it attracts children and their families from throughout the Monadnock region and beyond.
Lisa Phillips, an author, blog journalist, arts and leadership educator, speaker and business owner, has compiled the top ten skills children learn from the arts. The following are the reasons why the world needs skilled instructors in all various art forms.
Autism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional focus and attention to detail have helped her
Art has permeated human culture for centuries, outlining significant events, movements, revolutions and thoughts throughout time. Today’s entrepreneurs who identify the significance of making art more accessible have developed brilliant websites, apps and more to bring the experience of looking at, say, the Mona Lisa to any device, anywhere and anytime.
This video is to promote the idea that we need art education and includes various interviews from the National Art Education Association (NAEA) national convention and also a variety of images and music.
Here’s a short film about the effect education has on the history of students and faculty and how the arts as a whole effects our education system overall.
Why the arts you may ask? Arts makes us human! Watch this advertisement and you’ll understand.
The arts have typically played a relatively unimportant role in American schools. Arts educators have tried to strengthen the position of the arts in our schools by arguing that the arts can be used to buttress the 3Rs. The arts, they said, could help children learn to read and write and calculate and understand scientific concepts.
A fine arts education — including music, theater, drawing, painting, or sculpture — whether in practice or theory, has been a part of any well-rounded curriculum for decades — but that may be changing. Many schools today are cutting back or eliminating their art programs due to budget constraints. Numerous studies done over the past decade have demonstrated the amazing benefits of such an integral education facet. Students who don’t have access to art classes may not only miss out on a key creative outlet, but might also face greater difficulty mastering core subjects, higher dropout rates and more disciplinary problems.
Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development.