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Arts in Education Week

National Arts in Education Week - September 12-18

STEAMA is Duplin County’s innovative approach to a world-class education for its students. There likely isn’t a school system in the world that doesn’t incorporate some form or fashion of STEM education (Science, Technology. Engineering, and Math). However, DCS has taken this concept two steps further by adding an A for the Arts and an A for Agriculture.

STEM in its most traditional sense relies on solving problems with critical thinking and analytical skills. Arts contribute ingenuity and creativity to problem-solving, allowing students to use both sides of their brain to become the great thinkers of tomorrow. (And of course, Agriculture is a natural fit for all things in this county and its way of life!)

STEAMA Pathways with Purpose is the driving force behind DCS’s commitment to career and college readiness for every student. So, in recognition of National Arts in Education Week, here are 7 skills children learn from the Arts that help them succeed in life!

 

  1. Creativity - Now more than ever, employers are looking for folks that can think “outside of the box” to move their business forward, not just academic achievers who know how to maintain the status quo. In an arts program, your child may be asked to recite a monologue in 6 different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.
  2. Confidence - For many people, stage fright is one of their greatest fears. Some people get physically ill at the thought of speaking in front of their colleagues or making a presentation to clients. The skills developed through theatre, not only train you how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence you need to take command of the stage. Imagine what children could achieve with all the confidence they need to succeed.
  3. Problem-Solving - Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? How do I portray a particular emotion through dance? How will my character react in this situation? Without even realizing it, kids that participate in the arts are consistently being challenged to solve problems. This is a necessary skill for success in any career.
  4. Perseverance - Experience in the arts helps kids understand and appreciate persistence. When a child picks up a violin for the first time, she/he knows that playing Bach right away is not an option; however, when that child practices, learns the skills and techniques and doesn't give up, that Bach concerto is that much closer. In an increasingly competitive world, where people are continually being asked to develop new skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success.
  5. Feedback - Receiving constructive feedback about a performance or visual arts piece is a regular part of any arts instruction. Children learn that feedback is a helpful part of learning and it is not something to be offended by or to be taken personally. The goal is improvement. This is an invaluable skill to develop, because when children become adults, they will be evaluated in their workplace and must take that feedback as constructive and a means for growth and advancement.
  6. Collaboration - Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal. Through these experiences children gain confidence and learn that everyone’s contributions have value. In a work environment this skill is essential, as companies always want employees who are team players.
  7. Accountability - When children create something collaboratively, they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn that when they are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer. For example, when one person does not show-up for a dance rehearsal, it affects the progress of the ensemble and the morale of everyone there. Accountability is a crucial skill to learn early in life because it contributes to the development of integrity and character, which every employer is seeking in a staff member.

 

Adapted from: The Artistic Edge 2012; www.theartisticedge.ca