It’s well documented that a good and well-rounded education leads to personal growth, emotional well-being and the development of important life skills. Educational opportunities can provide individuals with opportunities for self-expression, learning and a deeper understanding of oneself and the world.
In particular, an arts education brings us creativity and innovation. By nurturing creativity, we encourage innovative thinking. It allows individuals to express their unique ideas, thoughts and emotions through various art forms, such as painting, music, dance and theater. It also promotes cognitive development; studies have shown that arts education can also enhance cognitive abilities, including critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills. It encourages people to analyze, interpret and make connections, all while fostering intellectual growth. It opens an avenue to an appreciation for diversity and encourages students to develop a broader understanding of the world and encourages teamwork—a critical tool for anyone.
Lise Spence-Parsons, a local artist and author, is the president and treasurer of Maple Grove Arts Center. Find out more at maplegroveartscenter.org.