Across the developed world, artists and anthropologists, educators and children’s advocates, parents and corporate leaders, are speaking out about the importance of the arts to child and youth development. Recently publicized brain research has taught us that kids learn earlier than we expected; now, a new round of research shows us that the visual and performing arts play an essential role in how children learn to read, write and do mathematics.
The arts are basic to a child’s biological, emotional and educational development. Exposure to the arts help children build self-confidence, express their creativity and perform better in math and reading. There are not nearly enough opportunity to expose our children to the arts as educational institutions rarely offer formalized exposure. And then there are a negligible number of hobby clubs, summer schools or individuals offering such classes. Our children are clearly at a disadvantage.