Why Is Art Important?

Today more than ever the arts are needed by our young people as a forum for safe expression, communication, exploration, imagination and cultural and historical understanding.

Among the many benefits of arts education, consider these few examples:
  • The arts empower children to communicate ideas that words and numbers cannot always adequately express.
  • The arts provide the opportunities to explore other cultures and times, teaching tolerance for other's heritage and belief systems while valuing the individual.
  • The arts encourage multiple responses, respecting that the questions are often as important as the answers. In the arts, there are many correct and valid responses.
  • The arts teach flexibility in thinking, a mandate for success in a global society.


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