Importance of Art Education
May 21st through May 27th was designated by UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) as International Arts Education Week to bring awareness to the importance of arts education on a international level. And coming up on June 9th through June 17 we are gearing up to celebrate Children's Art Week. We the Parents' blog founder Neve inspired this post to share this and initiate art in our homes and daily activities. The moms of Morir Soñando value the impact the arts have on our children not just for entertainment but also for educational development so we want to encourage bringing in arts to our homes.
In a recent post on We the Parents Neve and Keane listed a very extensive list of the benefits that arts educations has on kids. 51 BENEFITS OF ARTS EDUCATION FOR KIDS is a beneficial list for all parents to have as many of our educational institutes have cut out art from the curriculum due to budgets and school time being allocated more towards the focus on state test preparatory. Here is an expert from Neve on her take of arts education.
Arts Education in schools is being backed towards a cliff edge. As a music teacher and a mom, I'm prepared to stand by and watch it fall.
For those not as clued up on what's currently happening in state education, here's a little insight: In a bid to save the Arts, educators are trying to demonstrate that they enhance outcomes in non-art subjects. Unable to prove this conclusively, schools that are under pressure to funnel dwindling resources into core “academic” subjects (eg, math, literacy, and science) are positioning Arts Education on the chopping block.
Woah, woah, woah, just a minute! This isn't right.
Firstly, since when is the purpose of the arts simply to boost academic results? That's ridiculous.
While arts engagement and academic attainment do have a positive relationship (and there are studies to show this), judging the merits of Arts Education solely on academic outcomes makes no sense. The logic is faulty. Think about it...
I'm a keen cyclist who rides to work for health benefits and because I enjoy it. As it happens, I also save money on gas - bonus! However, the few extra dollars in my pocket isn't what motivates me to cycle. This is not the primary benefit. By focusing on money savings alone, we miss those things that are important and inspiring to me.
It's time to take a stand!
Immersed in arts, kids experience the world and themselves in a different way. They often discover a lifelong passion, develop a sense of self and identity, grow in confidence, and envision a world beyond their immediate environment. Therefore, it's vital that we reframe the case for Arts Education.
This visual guide by WeTheParents helps to do this by highlighting 51 diverse ways in which Arts Education rewards children. It is clear that learning arts cultivates cognitive abilities, nurtures positive character traits, and fosters critical thinking. As you'll see, many of the benefits span ages, genders, and socio-economic divides; some last a lifetime; and all are backed up by studies.
In addition we compiled a list of our personal favorite art activities that you and your family can enjoy in NYC!
Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St, New York, NY 10014
(Current group on for admission savings!)
Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling 898 St Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10032
(Kids are free Sundays!)
Little Shop of Crafts 711 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10025
Color Me Mine 123 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013
Or just walk around the city looking for art or create your own at home!