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Arts Opening the Doors for Passion

by Linda Huang, Tower PR, University of Texas

When I think about how arts education inspires students to do what they love, I can’t help but reminisce my own experiences and exposure to the arts. My first experience with fine arts was when I enrolled for piano lessons when I was 6 years old. I loved how I had the to make music with my own fingers. Little did I know, learning how to read music and listen to rhythm opened so many doors for me artistically. It became easier to pick up violin, which allowed me to participate in orchestra throughout middle school and high school.

However, I definitely think music opened the doors to my biggest passion yet: dancing. After my first ballet lesson at the age of 9, I knew I had found my passion. Dancing gave me the freedom to express myself through my movements. I also got exposed to different cultures when I learned different styles of dance, such as jazz, tap, Chinese folk, and modern. Through all of my different arts experiences, I learned the importance of dedication, teamwork and practice.

Arts education is a great opportunity find or own creative medium to express our thoughts and help build self-confidence. When we get involved in the arts, we also get the opportunity to meet people with the same interests and it gives us a sense of belonging.

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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