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Arts Education Benefits: Confidence

The arts are essential to education. Engaging young people in the arts has a positive impact on their cognitive, emotional and social development. This week we delve into one of the most rewarding arts education benefits: Confidence!

Confidence: a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.

High self-esteem is an important quality we try to instill in children as they grow, and arts education can help foster confidence in children as they grow. Allowing children to  helps them learn how to accept positive feedback and criticism allows them to build confidence in their work, and most importantly, themselves.

Did you know?

  • 80% of children entering 1st grade scored high on the self-esteem inventory, by 5th grade only 20% scored high, that number dropped to 5% by high school*
  • A group of boys, ages 8 to 19 living in residential homes and juvenile detention centers for at risk youth, discovered performing for their peers boosted their confidence and self-esteem
  • High school students highly involved in drama demonstrate an elevated self-concept over those who are not involved

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Through New York City Children’s Theater’s arts education programs, students learn to be confident in themselves and the work that they create with their class. We are often told that the programs pull even the shyest students out of their shells.

“A lot of my students learned how to believe in themselves…at first they didn’t want to participate…and after the first couple of sessions they gained a lot of confidence. You are not always going to know how to do something but if you try, that’s half the battle.” – Teacher of Literature at Play students.

“I’m happy that even though I was nervous, I was still able to do my part on stage.” – Student who participated in Literature at Play

Join us next Friday when we’ll explore how dedication is fostered by arts education!

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