The arts are essential to education. Engaging children in the arts has a positive impact on their cognitive, emotional and social development. Arts in Education programs help teach children skills that are critical in their lives and for their future. Here are five examples!


One of the best things about arts education? It’s fun! The greatest thing about arts education? Kids have fun while learning! It is so important that kids realize you can enjoy learning in addition to it being informative. We learn best when we’re having a good time. The valuable skills they learn can then be applied to other subjects.

Did you know?

  • Having fun allows everyone (not just kids!) to have better health, greater happiness and less stress
  • Play fuels healthy development of children as we learn best when we are having fun; kids also learn to play with ideas through having fun which enhances their abstract thinking
  • Gross-motor skills, coordination, fine-motor & manipulation skills, language skills, cognitive capacity and more are all important skills that are taught and enhanced by having fun!

Problem Solving

At its core any art is one big problem that needs to be solved. For example, having a blank page and figuring out what to write on it is a problem in itself. Students in arts education are constantly solving problem and by doing so, are building other important skills like reasoning.

Did you know?

  • Students who study the arts score higher than their peers on tests measuring their ability to analyze information and solve complex problems and are more likely to approach problems with patience and persistence.
  • Introducing children to problem solving teaches them to manage frustration, uncertainty and ambiguity with innovative ideas and solutions
  • Problem Solving is considered one of several desired 21st Century skills


Among the many benefits an arts education provides is the development of creativity. By participating in arts education programs, students are encouraged to think outside the box, find new ways to think about a situation and allows a child to express themselves freely – all of which fosters mental growth.

Did you know?

  • Creativity is one of the top five skills employees prize for the 21st century.
  • 82% of professionals wish they had more exposure to creative thinking as students
  • Performing arts students show greater flexibility and adaptability than their peers


Arts education teaches children invaluable skills: creativity, dedication, focus, problem solving, perseverance and more. When put together these skills help create a smart, effective leader. By participating in arts education students not only get to foster these skills but also have the opportunity to step into a leadership position.

Did you know?

  • Students who participate in the arts develop leadership skills like decision-making and reflection
  • They learn to use these skills effectively by developing a strong sense of identity and confidence
  • The arts teach children to look inward and discover their own potential – one of the most important qualities in a leader


When a student participates in the arts they are asked to think from a different point of view. As a student begins to explore their character and take on the emotions of that character they learn how someone else feels and thinks, and because of this are able to apply these skills in real-world scenarios.

Did you know?

  • Almost 75% of students today rate themselves as less empathetic on the Interpersonal Reactivity Index than the average student 30 years ago
  • Because of mirror neurons, a student can experience empathy by sharing artwork or experiences
  • A study showed students who attended live theater scored higher on tests that measured their tolerance of diverse points of view and ability to detect emotions in other people
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