The Positive Effects of the Arts on Your Child

Participation in arts-based activities during early childhood has proven benefits in social-emotional development and academics later in life. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. And the process of making arts can improve fine motor skills, spatial understanding, and of course, creativity.

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How can you encourage your child’s exploration of the arts?
• Visit museums and local galleries with your child. Many organizations have nights which may be free and open to the public.
• Consider all forms of art--painting, music, dance, drama--and see what interests your child
• Talk to practicing artists who may have suggestions and tips
• Check with local arts organizations about classes for young children

Above all, look for programs that emphasize process over product. Your child doesn't have to become the next Picasso to benefit from exploring his artistic side.