In a world inundated with a
bewildering array of messages and meanings,
an arts education
helps young people explore, understand, accept, and use
ambiguity and subjectivity. In art as in life, there is often no
clear or “right” answer to questions that are nonetheless worth
pursuing (“Should the trees in this painting be a little darker
shade of green?”). Such nuanced thinking is in high demand on the
job site, and employers value an employee who is capable of
understanding ‘why’ beyond simply, robotically following
instructions and completing tasks mindlessly. Such workers are
valued for their ability to communicate, to learn, and to
At the same time, the arts bring excitement and
exhilaration to the learning process. Study and competence reinforce
each other; students become increasingly interested in learning, add new
dimensions to what they already know, and enhance their expectations for
learning even more. The joy of learning becomes real, tangible, powerful.
Students who enjoy learning will remain in school, continue their
educations, and organically apply their love of learning to all facets of
their life: personal, social, career, and community interactions.
An education in the arts facilitates successful hiring; long-term, gainful
employment and promotion in one’s career.