Literature at Play Workshop

Arts Education Benefits: Leadership

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: Leadership!

Leadership: the state or position of being a leader

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

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy

A Literature at Play residency lasts anywhere from 4 to 36 sessions. During that time students are tasked with creating a musical and performing it for an audience of their peers, teachers and families. Taking risks in their roles as well as making decisions for both themselves and their characters allows students to step into a leadership role.

“The students went from being shy to being expressive and outgoing.” – 1st Grade Teacher whose class participated in Literature at Play

“[My cousin] is usually so shy, so to see him interact with all the kids is so interesting.” – Family Member of a 3rd Grade Student who participated in Literature at Play

Sources: Leadership Information, Leadership Statistics


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