Research has proven that involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills and that an Arts education improves motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. Visual Art, Dance, Drama and Music engage students to persist in solving problems that are complex and require critical thinking, problem solving skills and perseverance. In today’s world, it isn’t enough to have knowledge; the arts prepare tomorrow’s leaders to use their knowledge in creative, new ways.
1) Self-Confidence - taking risks in class and performing for an audience, teach students to trust their ideas and abilities. The confidence gained in the arts applies to school, career, and life.
2) Imagination - Making creative choices, thinking of new ideas, and interpreting familiar material in new ways are essential in the arts. Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."
3) Empathy - Characters, dances, art and music from different situations, time periods, and cultures promotes compassion and acceptance for others' feelings and viewpoints.
4) Cooperation/Collaboration – The arts combine the creative ideas and abilities of its participants. This cooperation process includes discussing, negotiating, rehearsing, and performing.
5) Concentration - Playing, practicing, and performing develop a sustained focus in mind, body, and voice, which also helps in other school subjects and life.
6) Communication Skills - The arts enhance verbal and nonverbal expression of ideas..
7) Problem Solving - Students learn how to communicate the who, what, where, and why to the audience. Improvisation fosters quick-thinking solutions, which leads to greater adaptability in life. The arts require persevering with problems in order to solve them successfully.
8) Fun – The arts bring play, humor, and laughter to learning; this improves motivation and reduces stress.
9) Emotional Outlet - Pretend play, dance, music, visual art and drama games allow students to express a range of emotions. Aggression and tension are released in a safe, controlled environment, reducing antisocial behaviour.
10) Relaxation - Many arts activities reduce stress by releasing mental, physical and emotional tension.
11) Self-Discipline - The process of moving from ideas to actions to performances teaches the value of practice and perseverance.
12) Trust - The social interaction and risk taking in the arts develops trust in self, others, and the process.
13) Physical Fitness - Movement in drama and dance improves flexibility, coordination, balance and control.
14) Memory - Rehearsing and performing words, movements, and cues, musical notes strengthen this skill like a muscle.
15) Social Awareness - Legends, myths, poems, stories, and plays, dances and music used in the arts teach students about social issues and conflicts from cultures, past and present, all over the world.
16) Aesthetic Appreciation - Participating in and viewing any of the arts raises appreciation for the art form. It is important to raise a generation that understands, values, and supports the contribution of the arts in society