Thursday, June 9, 2011

Why are the ARTS important?~

****11 reasons why the Arts are important (only 11, even though there are a billion!!!)****
  1. They are languages that all people speak that cut across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers and enhance cultural appreciation and awareness.
  2. They integrate body, mind, and spirit.
  3. They provide opportunities for self-expression, bringing the inner world into the outer world of concrete reality.
  4. They are an opportunity to experience processes from beginning to end.
  5. They develop both independence and collaboration.
  6. They provide immediate feedback and opportunities for reflection.
  7. They make it possible to use personal strengths in meaningful ways and to bridge into understanding sometimes difficult abstractions through these strengths.
  8. They merge the learning of process and content.
  9. They improve academic achievement -- enhancing test scores, attitudes, social skills, critical and creative thinking.
  10. They exercise and develop higher order thinking skills including analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and "problem-finding."
  11. They provide the means for every student to learn.
The Arts change people's lives, so make sure you are supporting them in SOME way.
* Get yourself and/or your children involved in dance, music, art, etc.
* Go see a show! Local or professional
* Support fundraisers that benefit the arts
* Advocate for the arts in our school system!!!!
* Etc., Etc., Etc.

Oh, and PS...Make sure you're watching So You Think You Can Dance :-)

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