By Jennifer Sadler and Craig Sonnenberg
The importance of arts education has been a topic of discussion for decades.
Until recently, support for arts education has largely relied on anecdotal evidence to prove the value and significance of the arts’ critical role in education. Current research tends to focus on drawing causal links between the arts and academic achievement—mainly in the K-12 age group.
On the whole, education studies show that kids engaged in arts classes will do better in other subjects and that an arts-integrated curriculum improves student performance and classroom climate. According to the Americans for the Arts, students who consistently participate in “comprehensive, sequential and rigorous arts programs” including the visual arts, dance, theater and music are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement; four times more likely to participate in math and science fairs; and three times more likely to win an award for school attendance among other findings.
Sometimes, when dealing with aspects of student performance not as tangibly assessed as with statistics and grades, the testimony of teachers, parents and students can offer great insight. Students are more involved and engaged when exposed to the arts and they’re able to explore areas outside of academics in which their talents may lie. Many students show an increased interest in reading, writing and math when teachers employ creative methods in those subject areas.
By Jennifer Sadler
Artists-in-Schools artist, Lyn Ford, shares "Home-Fried Tales," adaptations of folktales "from many places and many faces," as well as her own original stories and personal narratives. Ford's rhythmic, interactive storytelling style encourages language and literacy skills, creative writing and an appreciation for the oral tradition among all types of learners. GCAC recently spoke with Ford about her work and her approach to integrating the arts into her teaching.
GCAC recently spoke with former intern, Anne Shackleford, regarding her education background in the arts. Anne is currently pursuing a degree in English at The Ohio State University with minors in professional writing and business. Shackleford also works as an undergraduate consultant at OSU’s Center for the Study of Teaching and Writing. Shackleford was excited to share her experiences so far and how her own arts education has affected the direction of her life and career path.
Wild Goose Creative Presents BaconCamp
Wild Goose Creative is proud to present the second annual BaconCamp Columbus, this year at the North Market.
BaconCamp is a celebration of all things bacon, from food, to arts and crafts, to t-shirts and tote bags. This year BaconCamp will feature food samples from Columbus chefs as well as local farms, a bacon photo-booth and an on-site t-shirt screen printer. BaconCamp will also feature competitions for the best homemade bacon, best bacon recipe and most creative bacon craft!
CAPA and Broadway Across America Present WICKED
After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2007, the smash-hit musical WICKED will return to the Ohio Theatre for five weeks only July 28-August 29.
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One—born with emerald green skin—is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.
Promotions One Presents Waterfire Columbus
WaterFire Columbus is becoming one of the most exciting art exhibits in Central Ohio. The magnificent array of bonfires was first established on the three rivers of downtown Providence, Rhode Island in 1997. In Downtown Columbus the flames reflect on the waters of the Scioto River. Audience members gather for an evening of natural art, music and activities featuring this remarkable display on the east side of COSI in front of Genoa Park.