Daddy Long Legs and The Inchworm Book Release
It wasn’t too long ago that arts education in schools was thought to be a luxury, and arts classes were cut from the curriculum to make room for more time to prepare for standardized tests. Currently, there is more and more information available that shows how crucial the arts are to creating well-rounded, well-prepared learners and leaders.
Last year, you may remember that I hosted an event for AAU Global Production Media Group and it was held at Spirit of Huntington Art Center in Huntington Station. NY which is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides children with special needs and Veterans the opportunity for art and creative expression that can transform their lives. Looking around before the event, I saw so many creative pieces created by some very talented kids.
There are many reasons for the arts to be included in an educational system, and just as many ways that involvement in the arts has been shown to help students in their personal, social, and academic development.
The bottom line is essentially this: The arts help students to attain life skills, not only skills in a specific artistic discipline. The arts draw on a range of skills and abilities that encourage the development of study, social, and personal skills in addition to specific artistic techniques.
For example, students involved in the arts scored consistently higher on math and reading tests than students of the same socioeconomic class without exposure to the arts. This effect is sometimes termed “rotary learning” as education in the arts not only increases achievement in arts related fields, but in other academic areas as well.
Arts education develops students who are self driven and motivated as they are often the toughest critics of their own work. It teaches students to learn for the experience of learning and not just for the grade. Involvement in the arts teaches students how to try new things, manage risk, and handle failure.
The arts provide students with a multitude of options for expressing and communicating their ideas and students learn to think about problems from a broad range of perspectives. These kinds of communication and problem solving abilities are essential to all work environments, regardless of the field. The ability to generate ideas and communicate them effectively is essential in workplace and this ability can be cultivated through involvement in the arts. If schools want to prepare their students the best that they can to enter the working world it would seem foolish not to incorporate an arts program that has as much integrity as the science or math programs that already exist.
And the list goes on: education in the arts levels the playing field for disadvantaged children. It offers a continual challenge for successful students as the possibilities for improvement are always endless. The arts are able to reach students who do not do well in a typical classroom setting and ultimately gives them a reason to stay in school.
These students usually excel in the arts and this success leads to improvement in the classroom. Participants in arts related after-school programs typically do better in school and their personal lives than others in same socioeconomic class without arts involvement. Student artwork helps teachers to know their students better so that they can understand how they learn and teach more effectively.
Finally, an increase in arts education and exposure in schools and communities has the potential to cultivate a greater interest in the arts which could support the professional arts field. Maintaining interest in and commitment to the arts is necessary for the survival of the arts in the United States because it relies so heavily on earned income from ticket sales and private donations.
Now arts are not only important in the schools and community centers but they are also important in the home as evidenced by Demetrius Bullock who along with his Bryce who has just completed his first comic book entitled “Daddy Long Legs and the Inch Worm” launching with book signing scheduled for February 9th.
To see more of Demitrius’ work, head over to Artzscape, which is located at 205 North Market Street in Wilmington, Delaware. Check out his Instagram account and websites: Motion Illustrationz and Demitrius Bullock.
Let’s Chat: Do you encourage creativity with your kids and/or grandkids?
The Book Release Party was amazing, check it out.