The Boyertown Area Times
Why should children participate in various arts programs?
So much to do, so little time! Get up, off to school, off to work, extracurriculars, sports, homework. And don’t forget to eat and sleep.
With all that, why should anyone take time to participate in arts programs?
The arts, in their many forms, have benefits to everyone, especially today’s youth.
Many schools are funding science, tech and state testing, and the arts have taken a back seat. It shouldn’t be. Consider the challenges today’s kids face. Now, consider the following ways the arts can help your child (and you) to better face these challenges.
Theater encourages people to step outside their comfort zone, learn how to deliver a convincing message, learn from mistakes and build confidence being in front of groups. Creating a piece of art involves presenting one’s feelings to others. Know any jobs these skills might come in handy for?
Whether creating a sculpture, painting, character or piece of music, arts programs teach students to think outside the box. Being able to look at a task creatively and from different perspectives will help distinguish them in future endeavors.
Research has shown that participation in the arts improves children’s ability to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives. Working with an ensemble requires each person to think about how their role affects others, contributes to the bigger picture and can help students find a balance between listening and contributing.
The list of benefits goes on and on. There are many programs available.
Schmata Productions is a nonprofit, community youth theater that is female led and run by volunteers. Its mission is to encourage communication, goal setting and problemsolving skills in today’s youth.
Summer Experience has a week of magic, a week of theater and a week of art for 5-16-year-olds. For details: visit www.SchmataProductions.org.