Creative arts in education is one of many curriculum victims of budget cuts, and had been deemed as non-essential within the education structures via outside views; comparing its value to that of sports, science and liberal arts.

But by actively defunding and dwindling down funds for the creative arts of studio arts, graphic design,
music, and other expressive arts we cut off the opportunity of developing critical skillsets that kids need
when they become older; providing a space for them to do so constructively and effectively.

Usually in the discussion of creative arts we fail by taking these type of electives at face value,
and in doing so we miss the opportunity to help kids and even young adolescences; giving them the space for self-
discovery , development, and to grow into themselves and contribute fully to their community.
Through the creative arts, we’ve seen:

  • a provided environment for self-expression where traditional verbal and written
    communications may lack
  • through the creative arts during developmental time periods is learned effective problem
    solving and critical thinking skills that other areas of education do not account for or provide
    through experimentation
  • spark awareness of the self within a given community as well as developing introspective skills
    of culture and how art is either inspired or motivated by one’s environment and social
    surroundings
  • initiated opportunities to collaborate and work to build relationships with a wide variety of
    people
  • develop receiving, giving, and accepting criticism from peers and being able to differentiate
    between constructive and destructive criticism
  • provides an open space opportunity to discuss different motivations, inspirations, and roots of
    modern-day problems
  • provides a space for them to experience “flow”: doing something enjoyable to where all since of
    time is lost, a meditative practice
  • provides a safe space for mental, emotional, and intellectual expressions and ideas
  • a bedrock of all things is perspective and how art plays a massive role in how you perceive
    things: “art is not what you are looking at, but how you perceive it.”- and applying this in vast
    different aspects of their lives

A few of these points are a bedrock of basic developmental needs for kids to blossom from one
stage of life into another, and most of these skills have been proven useful throughout a student’s adult
life. Without this provided space and expressive outlets we as a culture and society threaten
underdeveloped students ill-equipped to go-through life. Especially comparably so to those of liberal
arts- creative arts does not grade the same way as liberal arts and doesn’t grade based on a straight line,
black and white, of retaining information and applying. But more often relies on the deeper meaning
and full expression of a student and their awareness of their expression through the creative arts.

Discussion Question: can any of you think of a time where an art, music, or writing teacher inspired
or helped you develop?