Our Focus on the Arts
There are two main reasons why our approach to education is through the arts. One is very tangible, the other makes all the difference in the world.
First, it works as a teaching approach. Even the federal government is asking that arts come back to school because their own research shows that art in education not only helps young people find their voice but also is an effective tool in improving student achievement in all subjects. This is all in the White House Committee on the Arts and the Humanities report called Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools. So, learning through the arts is fun and it works.
But there is one more thing. Learning through the arts means that children are exposed to the arts every day in all that they do. And they learn to appreciate the arts in their lives. And they begin to see that life is not all about competition and hurrying and keeping up with the Jones’. Rather they see more of the beauty in life. More of the contours of what makes this life worth living. Then kids can be more creative in how they live their lives and see the world. There are some who believe that creativity is the currency of the 21st century. That may be true, but we see it more like Thoreau in that “this world is but a canvas to our imagination.”