We've heard this story before. The first thing to go in budget cuts is the visual art program or another related art. Proponents of arts education counter with the usual rhetoric on the importance of self-expression and creativity. I, myself, am a product of arts education. From the early age of kindergarten I was in musical theater.
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The effects of the arts are full spectrum. Arts education in whatever genre, affects who one is and who one becomes. Thinking outside the box to ask questions about why or why not are de rigueur for arts education. Seeing a memorable play, musical or movie can have a lasting impact. Evoking emotions and allowing empathy results from these theatre experiences. Death of a Salesman depicts a mundane life and evokes emotion. We may laugh, cry or both, but film, plays, music and musicals make us feel.
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Arts education is not arts and crafts. Arts education is not learning lines or music by rote and performing it totally detached from what you are doing. Draw what you see. Paint the vase of flowers. Copy my picture.
Though the arts receive relatively little attention from policymakers and school leaders, exposing young people to art and culture can have a big impact on their development. The problem is that almost no one is bothering to study and document the extent to which the arts and culture can affect students. Instead, policymakers, researchers, and schools are typically focused on what is regularly and easily measured: math and reading achievement. This leads defenders of the arts to attempt to connect the arts to improved math and reading scores—a claim for which there is almost no rigorous evidence. Other arts advocates believe that the benefits cannot and need not be measured.