Mission: There is growing recognition that children who learn to think creatively, problem solve, and work as a team have a greater chance of future success. In the 21st century, many argue that the new basic skill for global competitiveness and individual fulfillment will be creativity. Research has shown that using the arts for learning provides the best way to encourage higher level critical thinking by taking what students hear, see and/or read, and using music, dance, visual art, drama, film making or other arts disciplines to create new learning. Arts Partners' artists bring the "leveraged learning" process to reading, writing, math, science, social studies: all the core subject areas. This "leveraged learning" effect is even more profound in "at-risk" students. Because we believe that creative minds make communities better, Arts Partners is dedicated to providing opportunities for all students from early childhood through high school to learn in the arts and through the arts.
One of the most overlooked facts in education is the fact people, children and adults, learn differently. Wichita's Arts Partners organization delivers experiences to Central Kansas Classrooms that recognize that fact....tapping, turning on brain power that might otherwise go unnoticed. For example, a young man turned into a leader when his learning ability was turned on via an Arts Partners experience with comic books.
I helped with a new fundraiser called Arty Party and was so impressed with the leadership, staff, other volunteers and artists involved. I was happy to be involved as it felt we were really needed and I was pleased with how the event went. Hopefully it can be an annual event, and become an important piece of their marketing and development efforts.