Can the Arts Enable Your Child to Become the Next Great Innovator?

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Do you believe art and innovation go hand in hand? I certainly believe there is a correlation. My Mom has always valued the arts and strongly believed that exposing me and my sister at an early age would help us think more creatively and originally in all subject areas. We both learned how to play classical instruments starting at age five and became well versed in reading music. In a way, music is like learning a new language. Studies have shown that children who have studied music have better grammar and language skills. In Liisa Henriksson-Macaulay’s article “Are Musicians Better Language Learners?”, it is explained that music training does indeed increase verbal IQ as well as other intellectual abilities. Take a look at Albert Einstein, who religiously played the violin starting at age six.

Evidently, the visual arts can be beneficial for other life skills as well. Art will allow your child to be more creative, therefore more inventive. Many successful business owners and great innovators have gained inspiration by exposing themselves to the arts. Steve Jobs is a great example. Jobs took calligraphy and other art courses, which had an impact in his creation of the Apple computer. He even stated that many of Apple’s most proficient engineers are accomplished in some type of art form. According to “Childhood Creativity Leads to Innovation in Adulthood” by Christopher Bergland, “creative activity rewires the brain to think outside-of-the-box. Using artistic skills– such as analogies, playing, intuition, and imagination– are all key to solving complex problems”.

There also has been a lot of discussion within the United States educational system regarding the arts being incorporated into STEM (acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning. It is becoming apparent that more and more people in the left-brained fields are seeking art for inspiration as they work to innovate.

Does this not stimulate you to integrate the arts into your daily life? Your kids’ daily lives?

Links for further reading:

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/feb/27/musicians-better-language-learners

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201310/childhood-creativity-leads-innovation-in-adulthood

https://www.zdnet.com/article/to-innovate-scientists-and-engineers-find-inspiration-in-the-arts/

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