Literature at Play Workshop

Arts Education Benefits: Social Impact

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: Social Impact!

Social Impact: the effect of an activity on the social fabric of the community and well-being of the individuals and families

Arts education allows students to explore different ways of thinking. They create and play characters unlike themselves, allowing them to explore diverse backgrounds and build social tolerance. Through arts education students also learn to strive for change in themselves and their communities.

Did you know?

  • Arts Education fosters pro-social behaviors and social tolerance
  • Group arts experiences in which participants are from diverse backgrounds demonstrate particular value for developing cross-cultural understanding
  • Arts serve as a vehicle for effecting change in the community
  • Students who study arts in school are more likely to engage with the arts as consumers, performers or creators later in life

“Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change, it cannot only move us, it makes us move.” – Ossie Davis

A Literature at Play residency lasts anywhere from 4 to 36 sessions. During that time students are exposed to new ways of thinking, whether it be working in a group for the first time, an improv activity or figuring out how a character feels in a certain scene, making them more caring and socially tolerant individuals. Students also often tell us that they plan to continue their arts training in the future.

“It was fun. I want to be an actress now.” – 1st Grade Student who participated in Literature at Play

“It taught us a lesson to treat everyone equal.” – 5th Grade Student who participated in Literature at Play

Next week we’ll explore how the arts helps foster leadership qualities in students.

Sources: Social Impact Information, Social Impact Statistics

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