From the California Arts Council CreateCA
The Arts and Creativity
Why is a “creative” education important?
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson explains that creativity is a “disciplined process that requires skill, knowledge, and control…It’s a process, not a single event, and genuine creative processes involve critical thinking as well as imaginative insights and fresh ideas.”1 Clearly, the arts embody creativity, and they are taking a central role in many national studies, including reports from the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Endowment for the Arts. These studies emphasize “the importance of access to arts education, citing better grades, increased creativity, higher rates of college enrollment and graduation as well as higher aspirations and civic engagement.”2 As noted Stanford education professor Linda DarlingHammond writes in her book, The Flat World and Education, “… the new mission of schools is to prepare students to work at jobs that do not yet exist, creating ideas and solutions for products and problems that have not yet been identified, using technologies that have not been invented.”3 We will not meet that mission unless all 6.2 million California students have access to a high-quality arts education. We also know the arts can be a key component of strategies to keep students in school, close the achievement gap, and give students the skills and experiences they need to live great and successful lives. Including the arts in the curricula offers students more opportunities to discover their individual talents and find inspiration to ensure their own success and happiness.
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