Arts Involvement Drives Innovation:
Dianne Warren, in Future Innovators: Developing Creativity Through K-12 Arts Education in Saskatchewan Schools brings home the value of the arts and arts education:
Turning STEM into STEAM:
C. Brooke Dobni, in Achieving Growth through Innovation: The Role of Arts Education in Supporting Economic Sustainability, states that “Innovative and high quality arts education programs have a direct impact on students’ ability to learn, and to be creative. Individuals who are successful innovators have higher than normal exposure to the arts.” (2)
This is being proven in long-term studies: A study of honours science and technology graduates found that providing STEM professionals with significant arts exposure (throughout their lifetimes), may be essential to their creative capital potential, since:
Lifelong benefits of arts-involvement depend on childhood arts experience: A child that participates in the arts has a 50% chance, on average of arts-participation as a young adult, and a 25% chance of with arts-participation as a mature adult (vs. 10% chance and 5% respectively without childhood arts-participation).
1) Warren, Dianne. Future Innovators: Developing Creativity Through K-12 Arts Education in Saskatchewan Schools. Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, August 15, 2016. p12.
2) C. Brooke Dobni, PhD, Achieving Growth through Innovation: The Role of Arts Education in Supporting Economic Sustainability, May 2014.
3) Specifically, Michigan State University Honors College science and technology graduates (LaMore, Rex, Robert Root-Bernstein, Michele Root-Bernstein, John H. Schweitzer, James L. Lawton, Eileen Roraback, Amber Peruski, Megan VanDyke and Laleah Fernandez, “Arts and Crafts: Critical to Economic Innovation” Economic Development Quarterly 2013 27: 221 originally published online 28 April 2013. DOI: 10.1177/0891242413486186).