There is a powerful and compelling case, supported by cutting-edge research, that the arts have positive effects on mental health.
The New Zealand government is spending $4 million on boosting creative learning for kids in schools.
Researcher Andrew Schleicher, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading educational thinkers, believes that students would benefit most from developing creative skills, the new “hard skills” of the future.
New York Times article on the 2019 Johns Hopkins findings.
The Global Teacher Prize, awarded annually, recognizes the world’s leading educators.
The 2018 prize winner, Andria Zakirafou, supports her students in multiple ways, including providing culturally diverse and inclusive arts experiences in their daily learning. A champion for the significance and powerful transformation of the arts in children’s learning, Andria donated her $1 million Global Teacher prize award to bringing artists to classrooms.
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