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Celebrities Confirm The Crucial Importance Of Arts Education

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Those who have studied learning processes throughout ages, beginning with Plato, emphasize the importance of the arts in the educational process. Studying arts is important not only as a part of our heritage. Statistics proves that students’ involvement in arts results in improved math, reading, and cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills as well as motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. Numerous brain studies prove that arts develop neural systems producing a broad spectrum of benefits ranging from fine motor skills to creativity and improved emotional balance.

A lot of celebrities believe arts education to be important and work towards its popularization and availability.

For example, in 2012, Taylor Swift donated $4 million to the new education center being constructed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn.

Justin Timberlake went further and in 2001 started The Justin Timberlake Foundation to ensure that all American schoolchildren have access to quality music education.

There are celebrities who work together with government officials towards preserving arts education. Sarah Jessica Parker, Kerry Washington and Forest Whitaker are adopting some of the America’s worst-performing schools and help the Obama administration turn them around by integrating quality arts education.

Kerry Washington, a star of the ABC drama Scandal, says, “It’s not that the arts are something to put on in the final period of the day once all the real work is done. Arts are actually how we can help them get the real work done.”

Thomas Jacob “Jack” Black, a famous American actor, producer, and comedian says, “I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t met Deb Devine, my first drama teacher, who inspired me and for the first time gave me a reason to really love going to school. She opened my mind and soul to an exciting world of literature and communication”.

Benjamin McKenzie, who is known for the television series The O.C. and for playing Ben Sherman in Southland, thinks that students need to have free access to all subjects so they can find out what they are passionate about and pursue it.

A popular American stage and television actress, dancer, and jazz singer Valarie Pettiford, who participates in regular fundraisings for arts education, points out that no matter whether a student chooses art as their profession or not, it can teach them more discipline than any other subject can.

All in all, a comprehensive fine arts education helps students better see what they look at, hear what they listen to, and feel what they touch. Undoubtedly, engagement in the fine arts helps students stretch their minds beyond the boundaries of the printed text or the rules of what is provable.


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