My daughter is quite the artist. We were recently able to celebrate her artwork at an Art’s Festival. As we stood talking to her amazing art teacher, I realized how lucky she is to have access to a quality art program at school.
In a society where student success is a 500 piece puzzle, there are clearly a few (or more) misplaced pieces. Yes, we all have the same goal for our children-have a strong foundation, be happy, and help others, but how they get there is just as important as them reaching these goals. I strongly believe that art is one of those missing pieces.
Art is not only painting, drawing, or sculpting, art is a process. The way that the mind creates, problem solves, and interprets patterns is art. We adults take for granted the experiences we were offered with art and how it has helped to shape our lives. You don’t have to be a Picasso or Versace to reap its benefits.
“We need people who think with the creative side of their brains—people who have played in a band, who have painted…it enhances symbiotic thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm, learning how to kick-start a new idea, or how to get a job done better, less expensively.”
Take a moment to think about the kid you were. Then take a moment to think about the kids today. So much has seemed to change, but has it? Introduce your child or a child you know to art and it will open wonders.
Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (education)
Upper Darby Arts Foundation (donate)
Access Admission (reduced museum admission for access card holders)