“Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try”
– Dr. Seuss
I have started Exploring Minds for Creative Arts, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote art in elementary schools. My goal is to make art education available to these children at no extra cost.
Studies show that children who participate in artistic extracurricular activities focus better in school and show more interest in school work. A 2002 report by the Arts Education Partnership revealed that schoolchildren exposed to drama, music, and dance are often more proficient at reading, writing, and math.
The research supporting the Theory of Multiple Intelligences Most preschools are designed to support multiple intelligences in children and thus, children are exposed to a variety of learning styles there. However, for children who do not attend preschool, their first experience of school is in kindergarten.
Unfortunately, with pressure to perform, kindergartens are getting more academic. Most elementary schools have lost their art and music programs due to budget cuts. This has adversely affected students (especially those from lower socioeconomic groups) as they rely solely on public schools for this extracurricular experience.
Currently, I am running my pilot program in a public school in San Jose.