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New Year’s Resolutions: Support Arts Education in 2011

With the beginning of a new year, many people set resolutions. Instead of pledging to lose weight or clean out your closet, try a new type of resolution–begin a relationship with Theatre Action Project.

While this may be an unconventional resolution, it will most definitely be rewarding to you. Here are the top ten reasons why you should empower arts education with Theatre Action Project.

1. The Arts Support Academics.

If you are a parent or are involved in the life of a child, you know how important education is to their future. Many studies link arts education to improvement in academic performance. One study conducted by the University of Windsor saw that students who were involved in arts (especially music–oriented) education had significantly higher scores on math tests.

Another study by Edward B. Fiske, shows arts education enables young people to reach for and attain higher levels of achievement.

2. The Arts Build Confidence

One of Theatre Action Project’s goals is to build self-esteem and confidence in children, which will stay with them throughout their lives. All programs are created to further this part of TAP’s mission. Additionally, activities like “ The Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble” help young people show their peers how to deal with tough issues.

In the past year, the bullying epidemic in schools had drawn widespread attention. You can help combat this problem by supporting TAP’s programs that work to equip today’s youth with the tools to address these situations.

3. Listening to Music Can Improve Your Health

If you have ever been to a TAP event, you know you will hear lots of wonderful music. According to new research, listening to music can be very beneficial to your health. Just another great reason to volunteer at our events!

The National Center for Biotechnology Information, has recently released research data, which shows music therapy can help lessen the effects of stress-induced asthma.

Another study released by NCBI shows a definite relationship between music and stress relief. The music created by children may not qualify as music therapy, but the music they play combined with their smiling faces is guaranteed to relieve your stress and put a smile on your face.

4. The Arts are Important to Our History

Artwork was one of the first ways our ancestors communicated with one another and kept records of their history. Much of our understanding of past civilizations comes from their artwork. By enjoying the artwork made by TAP kids, you are observing “future” history.

5. The Arts Can Make Better Business People

Our culture values business savvy individuals, and according to Dvora Yanow, Professor at California State University at Hayward, the improvisational skills children learn from theater and music can make them strong members of the work place. Improvisational skills will help them learn to quickly solve problems and think on their feet. (http://class.csueastbay.edu/publicadmin/dyanow/Improv.pdf)

6. The Arts Can Make Better Business People, Part II

Teamwork is a large part of many of TAP’s activities. It is also a large part of schoolwork, and later on in life, the workplace.

7. The Arts are a Significant Part of the United States Economy

Six percent of the United States’ gross national product is based on the arts, which is more than is based on construction (4.8%) and just under wholesale trade (6.9%). What better way to be a patriot than by supporting future artists?

8. Tax Deductions

Remember, any donations of money or supplies are tax deductable!

9. Music Education Enhances Spatial Skills

New studies show a strong link between musical education and spatial intelligence. Spatial intelligence is the ability to perceive the world accurately, form mental images of objects, and to recognize when objects change shape. This is crucial for higher brain functions such as mathematics. Progress in science is also closely linked to the development of spatial intelligence because the problems that are encountered cannot be explained verbally.

Studies show that 19 preschool children who received eight months of music lessons far exceeded the spatial reasoning performance of a comparable group of 15 preschool children who did not receive music lessons. In addition, scores on puzzle task tests significantly increased during the course of the period they received the music lessons.

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These are some of the kids you will be working with. Isn’t that reason enough to volunteer with Theatre Action Project?

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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