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Aug 01, 2017

In a recent article in the Washington Post, “Why parents should care about arts education,” the author discusses some of the core benefits of the arts and speaks to Karen LaShelle, executive director at Creative Action (Austin, TX).  The article points out that the arts can boost critical thinking and math skills but, perhaps more importantly, it also allows youth to develop tolerance and empathy, to think critically about society and their place in it, and to have unique moments of community, connectivity, and joy.

“Art has a broadening effect because it presents a perspective on reality that challenges preconceived ideas and makes kids look at something from outside their comfort zone,” says Brian Kisida, assistant research professor at the University of Missouri.

Pointing to the broader societal effects, the article highlights a question that LaShelle has been asking in relation to NEA funding: “What would it mean to us as a civilization to not have these moments of joy and culture and collective coming together?"

Read the full article here.

About Creative Action

Through interactive classroom performances, after school arts residencies and community-based programs, Creative Action’s team of professional Teaching Artists inspire youth to be Creative Artists, Courageous Allies, Critical Thinkers, and Confident Leaders.

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