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Unlocking Creative Potential – The Importance of Art

Children learn through visualization, and art provides a great medium for them to express their experiences with the world. Although the importance of art education has been well documented, it tends to be the first department cut in school programs and not all kids have art supplies at home. Our purpose is to provide youth with greater access to art, art supplies, and education to build upon those skills. “Studies have shown that arts teaching and learning can increase student’s cognitive and social development. The arts can be a critical link for students in developing the crucial thinking skills and motivations they need to achieve at higher levels” – Deasy & Stevenson. “The study of the arts can significantly boost student achievement, reduce discipline problems, and increase the odds that students will go on to graduate from college.” – U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Report, “Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 2009-10 “Arts education is also essential to stimulating the creativity and innovation that will prove critical to young Americans competing in a knowledge-based, global economy.”- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Report, “Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 2009-10 Referenced from www.ed.gov and www2.ed.gov

The Importance of Reading

In our technology driven world, screen time has replaced picking up and reading a good old fashioned book. According to Jim Taylor, Phd Professor at the University of San Francisco “Reading develops reflection, critical thinking, problem solving and vocabulary better than visual media.” “Children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not.” – National Center for Education Statistics Reading is a fun experience and doesn’t have to be factual to be educational. Neil Gaiman stated in the Guardian article Why Our Future Depends On Libraries, Reading And Daydreaming that Fiction has two uses. “Firstly, it’s a gateway drug to reading. The drive to know what happens next, to want to turn the page, the need to keep going, even if it’s hard, because someone’s in trouble and you have to know how it’s all going to end … that’s a very real drive. And it forces you to learn new words, to think new thoughts, to keep going. To discover that reading per se is pleasurable. Once you learn that, you’re on the road to reading everything.” “…And the second thing fiction does is to build empathy. When you watch TV or see a film, you are looking at things happening to other people. Prose fiction is something you build up from 26 letters and a handful of punctuation marks, and you, and you alone, using your imagination, create a world and people in it and look out through other eyes. You get to feel things, visit places and worlds you would never otherwise know. You learn that everyone else out there is a me, as well. You’re being someone else, and when you return to your own world, you’re going to be slightly changed.” “Generally, the more students read for fun on their own time, the higher their reading scores.” – U.S. Department of Education Referenced from www.nces.ed.gov and www.psychologytoday.com