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Wed August 27, 2014
CoastLine: Kids, Arts, and Creativity -- Why Arts Education Goes Beyond Art for Art's Sake
Our topic today is . . . KIDS AND THE ARTS: How does art for art’s sake impact a child’s development – and is there a way to incorporate the arts as a vehicle for teaching other disciplines?
There’s an abundance of research showing early immersion in the arts helps a child’s motor skills, creativity, and cognitive abilities. And now new research from the John F. Kennedy Center’s Arts in Education Research Study out of Washington, D.C. demonstrates that arts integration – using an art form as a vehicle for teaching traditional academic subjects – leads to heightened student engagement, creativity, learning retention, and overall excitement about school.
On this edition of CoastLine, we explore how some new ideas might be incorporated into the public school system and we’ll look at what’s available now – both inside the New Hanover and Brunswick County Public School Systems and programs outside of public schools.
Tracy Wilkes, Co-founder and Executive Director of DREAMS of Wilmington
Emily Colin, Associate Director of DREAMS of Wilmington
Dr. Edward Pruden, Superintendent of Brunswick County Public Schools
Valita Quattlebaum, Spokesperson for New Hanover County Public Schools