Why is Phoenix Voyage so passionate about the arts?
Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development.
Why should we invest in the arts? Here are a few great reasons.
A joint study by the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Australia Council for the Arts has found that engagement in the arts benefits students not just in the classroom, but also in life.
Children naturally love art – painting, drawing, making music, the theater. Unfortunately, when schools cut back on budgets, the arts are usually the first to go. It seems that schools do not appreciate the importance of art in building a kid’s brain.
Art is a means for children who do not otherwise excel in school to have a subject where they can shine. Involvement in the arts has been shown to increase academic performance in all areas, not just art.
A wonderful list of information from the League of American Orchestras
This widely heralded study describes intrinsic benefits of the arts – such as opening people to new perspectives – as well as secondary benefits, such as economic development. It concludes that the broader social benefits stem from people’s individual, rewarding encounters with art – and that arts organizations need to find ways to introduce more people to those experiences.
A long list of links from Hill Strategies Research Inc.
Times of great economic uncertainty also are times of great anxiety for supporters of the arts. With governments at all levels facing budget shortfalls, the resulting political haranguing over which programs to cut has meant increased scrutiny for arts projects across America.
A community shares their thoughts and research.