Celebrating the Power of Arts Education on World Art Day

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Art is a rich part of Indian culture and heritage, a representation of our ideals, history, and creative spirit. Paintings and sculptures adorn museums and palaces just as they do our homes. Likewise, song and dance are tremendous parts of our cultural expression.

On April 15th, World Art Day will be celebrated all around the globe. The event reflects on the importance of fine arts in culture and history, and its date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci. The painter and architect’s work has influenced engineering, mathematics, and science, making him a prime example of the far-reaching impacts of the fine arts.

When our children are young, it feels natural to teach them to create, and to create alongside them. Chances to learn new skills and use their imagination to produce something they can be proud of not only ake them feel good, they contribute to a child’s well being and development.

Scientific studies have correlated arts education with positive social, emotional, academic, and physical outcomes for children.

  • Improved academic outcomes: A study measuring the academic achievement of eighth and tenth grade students with high levels of participation in arts education noted that participating students outscored peers on all measures of acacemic achievement. 
  • Helps young children learn to balance: After an eight week dance program for preschool children, those who participated in the program improved significantly in both balance ability and sensory-motor synchronization when compared to a control group. 
  • Increases tolerance and confidence: A study observing adolescent participants in a dance education program determined that dance education is associated with notable boosts to persistence, confidence, and tolerance of others.

To learn more about these and other studies, take a look at this thorough rundown by We The Parents.

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To participate virtually in World Art Day activities, visit IAA/USA online by clicking here.

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