Inspiring Innovation: Igniting Learning through the Arts
- 27 November 2023
- Posted By Ellen Muse-Lindeman
It’s a demonstrated fact: schools that infuse the arts see a profound impact on students and culture. A recent study by the Brookings Institute found that increases in arts educational experiences in schools led to remarkable improvement in students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes.
Yet in the era of tight budgets, educators have tough decisions on what to prioritize–and the arts too often fall to the cutting room floor. But not at three local schools.
Through a partnership with Kennedy Heights Arts Center, more than 1,200 students at Cincinnati Public Schools’ Woodford Academy, John P. Parker School, and The Academy of World Languages benefit from enriching arts education. From our 5-day-a-week Cr8 Club after school program, to arts integration projects in core curriculum classrooms, to family cultural events, students engage the powerful and expressive force of the arts to ignite learning.
The first thing you notice in these innovative spaces is the palpable energy and joy. Students are actively engaged in the learning process, working with diverse professional creatives in music, dance, theatre, literary, and visual arts. This arts integration approach not only bolsters creativity, it improves students’ academic skills, strengthens social-emotional wellness, and builds confidence. As one student remarked at the conclusion of a project, “It is inspiring. I am inspiring!”
Just as a key unlocks a door, the arts unlock a world of endless possibilities.
We believe that everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, should have the opportunity to experience the transformative influence of the arts. That’s why Kennedy Heights Arts Center made it our mission to provide free, high-quality arts programs for underserved students.
“Arts in education is an equity issue,” remarked Ellen Muse, KHAC executive director. “Kennedy Heights Arts Center is committed to ensuring that every student has access to the arts, not as a luxury for the privileged, but as an essential part of a well-rounded education.”
You hold the key.
Please consider a donation to Kennedy Heights Arts Center to help unlock the doors to creativity for thousands of students each year. With your support, 100 percent of our programs will remain accessible to everyone.