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The Arts

With tight budgets, schools often cut out the Arts. Solid Rock says NO! We offer a robust fine and practical performing arts program to our students. “Art does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence,” sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz said.

Arts education, on the other hand, does solve problems. Years of research show that it’s closely linked to almost everything that we as a nation say we want for our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. Edutopia

1. Art helps kids learn to engage and persist.

“Students need to find problems of interest and work with them deeply over sustained periods of time,”  Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Art Education by Lois Hetland, Ellen Winner, Shirley Venom, and Kimberly M. Sheridan.

2. Art enhances critical thinking skills.

America for the Arts, 2002

3. Art help children communicate emotions.

4. Art gets kids motivated about school, especially at risk students.

The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth, NEA

5. Art benefits student achievement.

National Assembly of State Art Agencies (NASAA)

6. Art increases self-esteem, creativity, and achievement.

Champions of Change, Arts Education Partnership, The President’s Committee on the Arts, the Humanities