Literature at Play Workshop

Arts Education Benefits: Focus

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 explore one of the many arts education benefits: Focus!

Focus: the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition

Working with a group develops focus in students. By participating, students have to not only think about their role but also how their role contributes to the end result. Balancing listening and contributing to the project requires focus.

Did you know?

  • Research shows participation in the arts improves children’s abilities to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives
  • Children who establish excellent focusing skills are better able to concentrate and remain oriented to their goals for longer periods of time
  • The arts stimulate higher-level thinking, including paying attention

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain

A Literature at Play residency lasts anywhere from 4 to 36 sessions. During that time students work together to create an original musical with their teaching artists and prepare to perform that musical for others. Working together and looking ahead to the end result allows the students to focus on achieving it.

“It takes a lot of thinking to write lyrics or lines.” – 3rd Grade Student who participated in Literature at Play

“I don’t think I knew how much we could do in such a short time.” – 4th Grade Student who participated in Literature at Play

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