“Creativity is now as important in education as literacy”- Sir Ken Robinson
Education of the whole child is essential to prepare that child for the future. The fine arts are an important part of education that helps develop the Iron Essential Eight Skills. Involvement in the arts nurtures 21st century skills such as creativity, self-discipline, problem solving skills, collaboration, appropriate risk-taking, self-confidence, and aesthetic awareness. Study after study shows that students involved in the arts do better in school and have more success later in life.
Many elementary schools are also involved in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program. These schools have a highly qualified fine art teacher (theatre, dance, or visual art) that the students receive weekly lessons from. These BTSALP specialists collaborate with the core teachers and use their art form to teach a math, science, social studies, or literacy objective.