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The Arts Matter

But Why?

It’s not just a hobby, they do have a purpose even if you can’t see it clearly. Did you take an art class as a child, and really paid attention to what you did? Did you ever wonder why you’re so perceptive of small details compared to another person? I’m not saying art makes you a superhuman. No, it doesn’t but it can help you broaden your horizons.

In an interview of why the art education is crucial Magdalena Abakanowicz says; “Art does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence,”

An artists education helps a person see the flaws of the world a lot better than those who don’t pay attention, and go day by day just wandering in a sense. Again, I’m not saying every single person is this way but that art can make you see more than you wanted to see within something. Without the arts we wouldn’t have Dancers or photographers like; Myshsael Schlyecher (click on the image to go to their site.)

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The real reason behind why art should be in all schools is because it is a big stress reliever. Why dancers and photographers? Again, let me rectify my position. I’m not saying that only dancers and photographers are the ones to notice the small details and increase intelligence or the only method of relieving stress but in a scientfic study it has been proven that dancers as they learn increase in intelligence and lower the risk of dementia later on in life. Dementia is a  loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. It affects the memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. Frequent dancing has been known to lower the risk by 76%, other activities do as well but dancing is the highest of the low. Another example of how art can make you notice certain things, is this observation by Paul Graham on the Trouble with the Segway. Artist (or person) get an idea, and decide to test it out.

Let’s assume he (his friend Trevor Blackwell) grew up without any art in his daily life. No pictures, photos, crayons, dancers. Would he have still noticed this oddity? Would he have gone through the trouble of building his own? Especially if we assume he didn’t have the capability to create it without the given tools and mechanics? In my opinion no. He wouldn’t have ever noticed and neither would Paul Graham. There is some form of art in our daily lives and that is why and how we notice the smallest of things, another example you’ve probably noticed a mistake somewhere in this writing. If you haven’t that’s great for me, but I’m sure I made a mistake somewhere. I always do. I don’t always do it on purpose though. It tends to just happen because I’m projecting my thoughts rapidly and my writing style can’t help but pick it up. I’m also an artist. In another study it has been proven that art students tend to do better on their SATs than non-art students, but why?

Here are 11 answers by DoSomething.org but the one that stuck out to me was the very 1st one, because I could compare it to my own education; Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance. 

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A harvard review of the arts education reveals that  “’The Arts as a Major Discipline,’ …. merit a place in public education equal to the other disciplines”.

The arts matter more than we think, or thought before. Especially for children.

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I'm a Connecticut Based Freelance Artist, who dabbles in Digital Media with a strong suit in Traditional Pen and Ink stylized drawings. You can find more of my work on http://augustyne.daportfolio.com

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