Why should arts be a part of every student’s education?

Students at DPS Warangal showing their creative art skills.

The arts play a vital role in the education and development of students. Teaching the arts in schools is important for the overall development and success of students. It helps them grow and learn in a creative and engaging way and prepares them for success in the modern world. The arts also have a number of broader benefits for society as a whole, making them an important part of any well-rounded education. 

Here are a few reasons why arts are important for students: 

1. Arts promote creativity and innovation: 

Arts education, including music, visual arts, theater, and dance, can help students develop creativity and innovation in several ways. Research has shown that the arts can stimulate the brain to think in different ways, such as by encouraging the use of both sides of the brain, which can lead to more creative thinking. Additionally, the arts can provide a space for students to express themselves and their ideas freely, which can foster creative thinking. It also encourages them to take risks and try new things, as well as to think outside the box and find new solutions to problems.

In addition, arts education can improve students’ ability to communicate and express themselves, which can be essential for innovation. Overall, participating in the arts can help students develop the skills and confidence they need to be creative and innovative learners. Here are some famous personalities who credit their participation in arts as playing a significant role in achieving their goals.

Steve Jobs: Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, was an avid photographer and believed that his interest in the arts influenced the design and aesthetic of Apple products.

Elon Musk: Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, credits his early training in the arts, including playing piano and writing poetry, with helping him develop his creativity and problem-solving skills.

Jeff Bezos: Jeff Bezos, founder and former CEO of Amazon, took drama classes in high school and credits those experiences with helping him develop the ability to think on his feet and communicate effectively.

2. Arts develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills: 

Arts education can help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in several ways. Engaging in artistic activities often requires students to analyze and interpret information, make connections between different ideas, and evaluate the effectiveness of their own work and the work of others. It also involves decision-making, as students must choose which materials to use and how to use them, and it can involve problem-solving, as students must find ways to overcome obstacles or challenges. Overall, participating in the arts can help students develop the skills they need to think critically and solve problems effectively.

3. Arts promote emotional and social development: 

The arts can help students express their emotions and connect with others, promoting social and emotional development by understanding others. The arts can also foster empathy and understanding, as people learn to understand and appreciate different perspectives and cultures through art forms such as music, literature, and theater. Additionally, the arts can provide a sense of community and belonging, as people come together to create and experience art. Overall, the arts can be a powerful tool for promoting emotional and social development which makes one feel a sense of belonging.

4. Arts can improve academic performance:

A report by the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent agency of the United States federal government found that students who participate in the arts are more likely to have higher grades, attend school more regularly, and have higher graduation rates compared to their peers who do not participate in the arts. The arts encourage the use of both sides of the brain which can help students develop skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity that are important for success in school and beyond.

5. Arts are an essential part of culture and society: 

Art is an integral part of culture and tradition, serving as a reflection and expression of the values, beliefs, and experiences of a particular group of people. It helps to preserve and pass down cultural heritage from generation to generation, and provides a way for children to connect with their roots and history. Art can also be a means of cultural exchange, allowing people from different cultures to learn about and appreciate each other’s traditions and customs. Through art, students can gain insight into the cultural norms, values, and ways of life of others, and can foster a greater understanding and appreciation of diversity. In this way, art plays a vital role in shaping and enriching cultural traditions among students.