Why Art?


  • We are in transition from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age.
  • The efficiency of the transfer of information becomes less important than the content of the information being transferred.
  • Jobs that require linear—simple processing—work are being outsourced.

Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
Employers are looking for people with skills in:

  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Adaptability

Conference Board of Canada 2011 Report

  • The emphasis on education has been math and science, especially here in Microsoft country. Yet, learning and applying a formula to solve a math equation with only one right answer does not teach any of the above skills.
  • What will teach the skills needed to enter today’s workforce?

The Arts! Music, Drama, Dance, Creative Writing, and Visual Arts 

  • Music: How does a group of people create and perform a piece of music?
  • Drama: How do you communicate a character to an audience using body language and voice inflection?
  • Dance: How do two dancers work together to problem solve a piece of tricky choreography?
  • Creative Writing: How does a writer use critical thinking to create a compelling plot?
  • Visual Arts: How does an artist mold a lump of clay into anything other than another lump of clay?

There is no one right answer to any of the above situations, and they all require creativity, critical thinking, problem solving skills, communication, and adaptability to arrive at a solution.

Lisa Phillips, The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World