“If you want to make students happy, expose them to art. Through this, they will be the best citizens and innovators.” Giora Carmi – Art Therapist and Illustrator
According to the study “Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10” by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a part of the U.S. Department of Education, there is a noticeable “equity gap” between the availability of arts instruction in high-poverty and low-poverty schools. It was found that students in more affluent neighborhoods receive more, and higher quality, art experiences than their peers in low-income neighborhoods. As stated in the study, in 2009-10, visual arts were offered in 92 percent of schools with the lowest poverty concentration, and only 83 percent of schools with the highest poverty concentration as determined by the percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
One of the core values at Wonderment is our belief in the importance of fostering creativity by allowing children to freely explore their own artistic expression.
According to the American Art Therapy Association, children who are encouraged to express themselves through art may see a decrease in anxiety, feelings of anger, and depression. And at a time when children are glued to their screens, feeling a sense of isolation from peers, and facing an increase in school, familial, and societal pressures, the benefits of art education, connectivity, and creativity become more and more critical for this generation. Studies show that art has the power to calm the body and the mind, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem which all lead to bettering children’s mental health and well-being.
Inspires non-linear “out of the box” thinking
Offers a deeper way to communicate with self and others
Creates a connection and builds community
Boosts self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth
Becomes a vehicle in which to understand and express feelings and emotions
Supports decision making, problem-solving, and risk-taking
Allows us to make sense of the world
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We are committed to using 100% of your company’s monetary support towards putting Art Journey boxes directly in the hands of children in need. We are partnering with art teachers in Columbus City School District to provide our Art Journey Boxes to students. Our art boxes contain curriculum and resources designed for distance learning that follows the common core standards.
Contact us today to join our mission. Nicole & Raygan