Why Art

 

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In terms of education,

  • Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.
  • Multiple studies have concluded that curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help increase interest in school.
  • Countries that consistently rank highest for math and science test scores- like Japan, Hungary, and the Netherlands- have mandatory arts and music education programs.
  • In schools where arts is integrated into the core curriculum, the students have a greater emotional investment in their classes, work more diligently and learn from each other.
  • A study on art education showed a link between arts education and improved literacy skills.

 

When looked at in the individual level,

  • A new research showed that arts education can help rewire the brain in positive ways.
  • According to a 2014 study, producing visual art improved psychological resilience and increased brain activity for the participants by the end of the experiment.
  • Research shows that enhancing use of right brain, results in better left brain output, which means that art facilitates logical thinking, improving problem solving skills.

 

Art as Therapy

  • Several studies demonstrate that art therapy enhances the psychosocial treatment of cancer, including decreased symptoms of distress, improved quality of life and perceptions of body image, reduction of pain perception, and general physical and psychological health.
  • Studies indicate a reduction of depression and fatigue levels in cancer patients on chemotherapy.
  • Art therapy strengthens positive feelings, alleviates distress, and helps individuals to clarify existential questions for adult bone marrow transplant patients.
  • Research involving children with cancer indicates that engaging in drawing and painting is an effective method for dealing with pain and other disturbing symptoms of illness and treatment.
  • Research on art therapy involving children with asthma indicates that it reduces anxiety, improves feelings of quality of life, and strengthens self-concept.
  • Evidence indicates that art therapy and other creative arts therapies stimulate cognitive function in older adults who have dementia or related disorders and even reduces depression in those with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Art making may reduce anxiety and stress reactions as measured by cortisol
  • In patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, art therapists select arts experiences from the person’s past to trigger short and long term memory, decrease agitation, and enhance reality orientation.