The Importance Of Art In Education

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Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, once said, “In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities….the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country” (“Useful Quotes”). Over the past few decades, the number of art classes offered at school has greatly declined (Farr). This is often due to budget cuts and the growing feeling that art classes have no value in student learning. Art classes should be saved from budget cuts. This is because art teaches students about other cultures and diversity, it helps students develop fine motor skills, and it helps students perform better academically.
In the first place, art is necessary because it brings people together. People have been painting for at least 100,000 years (Aguilar). Humans have been using painting to express themselves to each other for tens of thousands of years. Looking at the art of other cultures helps students develop cultural awareness. Art does not separate people based on gender, race, age, or language. Children can learn that there is more than one way to interpret the world through art. In addition, art can teach children that limits on language can be overcome through other ways of expression like art. This is because no matter what language a person speaks, he can interpret a painting. Not only does art teach
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