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Benefits of Art

Creative thinkers are a species at risk.

Endangered Species at Risk: Creative Thinkers

Did you know?

  • 5 year old children rank as 98 percent geniuses in creative thinking
  • Children aged 8-10 fall to 32 percent in creative thinking
  • By age 13-15, creative thinking has fallen to only 10 percent
  • Only 2 percent of adults over the age of 25 experience genius-level creative thinking

Fostering Creativity: Growing Community

For over 20 years, the Art School of Peterborough has been offering everyone in our community the opportunity to explore their creativity and build visual art skills. The school is a place where over 500 students per year – children, youth, and adults – channel their imagination in a flurry of colour and texture.

A charitable non-profit, the School is built on the support of student enrolment, membership and our donors. Together, we inspire creative minds for a lifetime!

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Please Support our Creative Thinkers Today!

As our region’s only community-based art school for students of all ages, your support will keep the doors open to new ideas and creative innovation.

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Benefits of Art

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Arts Education Transforms Societies

“Do you enjoy the sleek look of your new iPhone? You can thank Steve Jobs for taking a calligraphy class at Reed College. Have you or your kids scribbled on a pair of Vans sneakers? Vans’ President Kevin Bailey credits the brand’s creativity with the arts education many of his employees have taken. At her promotion and swearing-in ceremony a few weeks ago, Capt. Moira McGuire, assistant chief of Integrated Health and Wellness at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, credited the arts as central to her practice as a caregiver for our wounded, returning military veterans. These are just a few of today’s leaders crediting their success to arts education.

Although many people may agree that arts (music, theatre, dance, visual, media, literary and more) are an important part of education, they may not realize the powerful trickle-up effect of arts education on a modern, innovative workforce. Indeed, arts education has the power to transform societies for the better.

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Five Reasons Why We Need Art

Art, in its many forms, exists in every community, every culture, and every country. Art has been created since time began, evidenced in cave paintings and rock art, and in today’s world we know that art can be a major economic force, yet we continue to question the worth of art.

Often I have heard someone dismiss a work of art by saying, “I could do that” or “I don’t understand it”. Perhaps not placing value on something that we ourselves could make or expecting things to be easily understood speaks to the loss of thoughtfulness and creativity in our world and only magnifies our need for the arts.
Here are five reasons why I believe we need art:

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The Case For The Arts

“Many people do not associate the arts with “thinking.” We are aware of the art “product”- the song, the picture, the play – but we are less aware of the process which creates that product. Yet the arts are not so much a result of inspiration and innate talent as they are a person’s capacities for creative thinking and imagining, problem- solving, critical judgment, and a host of other mental processes. The arts represent forms of cognition every bit as potent as the verbal and logical/mathematical forms of cognition that have been the traditional focus of public education.”

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Support Your Art School!

With your support, we can expand our impact in the Peterborough area through art education.

We are a registered Canadian charity and your support is greatly appreciated.

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