April 2018                                
The International Art Materials Association (NAMTA) supports and advocates for the Visual and Creative Arts. With this eNewsletter and NAMTAartadvocacy.org, NAMTA creates awareness of how its members and other organizations support art in their communities and businesses and with quotes, resources and news. NAMTA has partnered with organizations who are dedicated to Art Advocacy in many aspects of legislative issues, funding, and art education and helps these organizations spread the word on the current issues and how you can make your voice heard. 

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Thriving Arts Communities
Need For-Profit Support
from americansforthearts.org
by Mark Golden, CEO and Co-founder of Golden Artist Colors

         
Recently I was honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Art Materials Association (NAMTA), which represents, supports, and promotes retailers, manufacturers, distributors, importers, and independent reps throughout the world in the art/creative materials industry. I had the opportunity to share with my colleagues not only Golden Artist Colors’ new vision statement, but my charge to our industry to support arts education across the country. I’m delighted to share some of these thoughts to a broader audience.

Almost exactly four years ago now, we at Golden Artist Colors embarked on a process to develop a new Vision Statement for our business. Over a two-month period, we invited 60 stakeholders of our company plus staff to spend some time with us and participate in a dialogue. We were joined by artists, our local businesses, non-profits, schools, politicians, suppliers, and 10 members from our retail community. What emerged through this process was a collective vision that was much greater and much more audacious than anything we could have imagined for ourselves. It is: “Golden Artist Colors is a catalyst, bridging together creative communities and inspiring global change through the arts.”

Our vision wasn’t to beat any other manufacturer or supplier in our industry, but to ask our peer companies to join forces and, together, help us create more abundance in the arts for every one of us to grow. The art materials industry is an enormously powerful, committed, and connected community of the arts. It is important to share some thoughts of what I think this can mean for all of us to raise the value of the arts and, in doing so, clearly benefit the future and well-being of our industry—not only ours but across the private sector.

There are so many initiatives we can support that will advance the artists that buy our materials. But I believe there is one initiative that is the most important to our future: Arts Education. It is clearly the primary driver to the future success of our industry. It is a fact that people are five times more likely to take up art in their adult life if they’ve had a successful creative experience while they were in school. As art is driven out of our children’s lives, not only is our industry in peril but, even more importantly, our children will be deprived of this most critical area of creative thinking and processing.

Three years ago, we at GOLDEN started an initiative with our local schools to offer master art classes for local primary and secondary art teachers. What we’ve come to realize is that the most inspired art students come from programs where they have teachers who are practicing their art. What we’ve learned is that most art teachers no longer create their own art. That by simply providing them with a professional painting instructor, space, and materials, we could assist them to again get in touch with their creative passion. And in turn, that this creative spark is passed onto their students.

As an industry and for our own survival, we have a pressing need to support arts education, and also a responsibility because we are the beneficiaries of that support.

More than money, we need our Association, its members, and the broader private sector to come together to advocate at the local school level for greater support for the arts. Show up at your local School Board Meetings and meet with local Superintendents to express your support for arts programs. Advocate among your local, state, and federal representatives and drive home the fact that the arts are a major economic driver, and that the future of our workforce relies on strong arts education available in all American communities. Americans for the Arts has the tools to help you navigate those conversations. I would ask that every retailer, and any company deriving profits directly from the world of art, to join Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund. There is no cost, just a commitment to get your company and the artists you support signed up—to be informed, and to act.

In any thriving sustainable environment, all stakeholders recognize their responsibility not just to take, but also to give back. The art materials industry is small in comparison to most, but we, and all industries that do business in the world of the arts, don’t have to act small. Together we can amplify the voices of artists, whose message can be so much more profound than ours. And in doing so, we can grow our industry and our support, inspiring global change through the arts.

The artist Kiki Smith, when asked about the advice she gives to artists, shared: “Do the work, it’s not enough to just be thinking about it. You don’t get from one place to another without doing the work.”

It will be our work together, colleagues, and competitors, both large and small committed to a common goal of making art matter.

The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts
This Foundation was conceived as a way to thank the community of artists for their support, encouragement and friendship. For the Golden family and friends, the Golden Foundation is also a means of celebrating the legacy of Sam and Adele. Read more  . . .
Artists will be interested in the Foundation's Artist Resources
page.


NAMTA Brings Back the Grant Program




Grants will be awarded for programs that support the visual and creative arts in:
  • Public Art
  • Art Education
  • Art Therapy - The Military
  • Art Therapy - Health & Healing

Click here
 for details and the Grant Application.




Public Art

What One Mural Can Teach Us About Public Art
from Strongtowns.org
by Max Azzarello

As the Strong Towns staff was considering a public art week, some challenging questions arose. Is public art a relevant topic for an organization that mainly deals with land use, infrastructure and municipal finance? Does public art contribute financial value to our places and help us build strong towns?

Could a mural matter if the people that live nearby don’t have access to healthy food? Is a tax-draining development less parasitic because they put a nice sculpture out front? Does paint on a wall really make a difference in the grand scheme of things?...

These aren’t easy questions to answer, but I think we can tease out some ideas by, well, looking at some public art. Just one mural, in fact:

I must admit that I don’t know very much about this mural. I don’t know who the artist was, nor their intended meaning. I don’t know if it was commissioned by the city or by the property owner, or if it was a late night guerrilla painting. All I know is that it exists somewhere in or near Albany, New York, and that a friend of mine took a picture of it and posted it on Facebook.  

And so I’m left asking questions and creating my own ideas using only the image in front of me.

It’s a pretty simple mural on its face: We’ve got a hand wielding the Empire State Building as a pencil against a white background, and that’s about it. But what is being drawn? If the white background is blank space, then is the unpainted part the “drawing” being represented? Maybe so.

Maybe the idea is that this wall - and the entire built world that it’s a part of - are being created just as an artist would create a mural: Each new cinder block and fence and door, another layer of paint on the canvas of our towns.

While so many things in our cities and towns tell us “what”, art asks “what if?”

And yet, what has this mighty tower pencil left in its wake? A 'No Parking' sign. Is there any greater antithesis to artistic expression than a rigid, bureaucratic rule handed down from above? While art allows us to create anything - to shape our world as we see fit - our cities are treated like machines with explicit goals in the name of safety, efficiency and economic development. We’ve taken this blank canvas - with the ability to fill it with anything we want - and we painted a rule.


Then there’s the decision to use the Empire State Building. Does it represent prosperity and ingenuity, a symbol of modernism and progress and our collective ability to reach the sky? Or was it chosen because its construction required unprecedented economic and political power in the hands of New York’s mightiest, a monument to the exploitation of the people who labored to build it?

Of course, It could be the case that none of these thoughts entered the artist’s mind. Maybe the Empire State Building was chosen because its rigid angles were easiest to paint. Maybe the no parking sign was put up long after the mural was painted. Maybe the background is white because it’s not yet finished. After all, I’m just taking this mural and imprinting my own ideas, beliefs and biases onto it.

But that’s exactly what makes public art so invaluable: It invites us to ask questions and imagine new possibilities in a way that no road sign, bike lane or business improvement district ever could. It doesn’t have one definite, authoritative rule or mandate; it inevitably holds different meanings for every person that sees it. While so many things in our cities and towns tell us “what”, art asks “what if?”

So as you set out to build strong towns, I encourage you to seek out the public art around you. Use it to challenge and inspire. Let it disrupt conventional wisdom and offer new possibilities. Find a purpose and a story within it. And then grab your brush and help paint this beautiful canvas of ours.





Art Education
What Are the Benefits of Art Education for Children?
from Livestrong.com
by Shelley Frost

The entertainment value of art education leads some administrators and community members to overlook the other benefits of the class. Art programs are sometimes scaled back or eliminated when budget cuts are necessary. The enjoyment of art education is only one beneficial aspect for kids. Skills developed in art education often transfer to other areas of life and school work.

Art projects often require kids to use their fine motor skills to complete tasks. Holding a narrow paint brush, cutting with scissors and sculpting clay are a few examples of art activities that use fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. By participating in open-ended art projects, the kids get a chance to practice those skills without being judged on the outcome. The more often they practice the fine motor skills, the more improved they become. The improved fine motor control carries over to other situations that require hand-eye coordination and other precise movements.

Creativity
Art education is a creative opportunity for kids, according to Abrakadoodle, a national art education program. Some children may not have access to art supplies or creative activities at home. By offering art education in the school system, all children get a chance to stimulate their imaginations, as well as their cognitive and problem-solving skills. After, they have to think through how they are going to make their imagined creations real. These problem-solving skills enable them to think creatively in other situations, which can boost their academic results.

Concentration
The enjoyable nature of art projects engages most students. Because they enjoy the artwork, they are better able to concentrate on the task, sticking with it from beginning to end. Finishing the project gives the kids a sense of accomplishment, which can be particularly empowering for kids who have struggled in other areas of school.

Self-Expression
Most subjects in the educational system are based on facts, with correct and incorrect answers. Art education offers a more open approach and celebrates the differences in finished products. Kids learn that there is more than one way to complete the art project. They are able to express themselves and their emotions through the artwork. Students also have the opportunity to interpret other artwork, either from classmates or in famous works of art.

Risk-Taking
The open-ended nature of art education also allows kids to take more risks in their projects. Because there is flexibility in the outcome, kids don't feel as much pressure as they create. They know that the finished product will be accepted even if it doesn't look exactly like all of the others. This can help kids build a sense of confidence that may carry over to other areas.





Art Therapy - The Military
Soldiers Make Masks to Reveal the Hidden Wounds of War - and to Heal
from The Washington Post
by Michael Alison Chandler

Chris Stowe worked on a bomb squad during six deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Between tours he sought help for the headaches, anxiety, memory loss and other sy mptoms of trauma and brain injuries he suffered while being exposed to hundreds of blasts.He tried talk therapy, medication and a self-prescribed regimen of yoga and meditation, before finding some relief in an unexpected form: a white papier-mache mask.During an art therapy session at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he picked up a brush and painted something he had never been able to satisfactorily describe: how he felt. His mask showed two sides of himself: the calm exterior side-by-side with a monster beneath, filled with rage, his eyes a nd mouth brimming with bees.“If you imagine what a bees’ nest sounds like, the buzzing, almost surround sound,” he said. “This is how my head feels.”Nearly 350,000 U.S. service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries since 2001, according to the Defense Department. Thanks to modern body armor and military vehicles, many service members survive roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices, only to come home struggling to function.
The invisible wounds of war can be difficult to diagnose and treat. But the military is finding that art, and mask-making in particular, can spur the healing process.


Former Navy SEAL and Walter Reed patient holds his mask, which shows the conflicted sense of self he felt while serving. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)




Art Therapy - Health & Healing
Lethbridge Woman Uses Art to Help Refugees Tell their Stories
from CBC.ca
by Lucie Edwardson
 

A project in Lethbridge is helping refugees use the universal language of art to tell their stories of fleeing war-torn countries for Canada. When refugees from Syria, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries began resettling in Lethbridge two years ago, artist Amrita Deshpande knew she wanted to help. "I wanted to find a way to express myself, but also help them find the best way to express themselves," she said.Deshpande, who is the artist in residence at the Community Art Centre, reached out to five refugee families, and offered to teach them what she knows best: art. "One, it's therapy, and two, it definitely brings out your emotions and also attracts people — people get drawn to art," she said.

Twelve-year-old Anwar Ahmed's family was part of the project. She said the process of creating art made her feel nostalgic for her home country. "Because I can remember everything in Lebanon and what we did," she said. Anwar said she loved being able to paint her favourite landscapes and seascapes from home. Anwar said it also allowed her to pay tribute to her favourite memories from home, like the ocean. "Because every day me and my family go down to the ocean and just like walk and watch the ocean," she said.
Deshpande said seeing and hearing the stories of the participants was often overwhelming. "One of the refugees drew this picture (below). His expression was that no one in Syria was safe. Even the trees he's shown bleeding," she said. "There were bombings, there were planes, there were people dying, there were tankards - and a lot of war situations that he had to flee from there." Adnan Ahmed, Anwar's father, said participating in the project with his family helped them during a lonely time that not many others can relate to. "It left me with a really good feeling," he said through a translator. "I'd been feeling a lot of stress. A lot of things happened so quickly and I had been feeling depressed. The project really helped me release some of those feelings." Other pieces made by refugees participating in Deshpande's art workshops include plaques that says 'Every land that grows love is a home,' and 'Thank you Canada.'




 



IN THE NEWS

#Save the NEA Effort Helped

       
The art community and those who took part in Americans for the Arts Art Advocacy Efforts with #Save the NEA and by signing petititions will be happy to know that on March 23, Congress increased funding to three of the four agencies in the $1.3 trillion spending plan it approved early Friday. The National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities will receive $152.8 million each, an increase of $3 million. The Institute of Museum and Library Services will get $240 million, up from $231 million, while the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will remain at $465 million.


Americans for the Arts President and chief executive Robert L. Lynch called it a win for arts and culture and a stark contrast to the position taken by the administration, which sought to ax the agencies that support performing arts groups, museums, arts centers, public television and libraries. “I am very pleased that members of Congress have decided to invest more funding into the arts — this support from both parties is a testament that the arts are bipartisan,” Lynch said in a statement. “The work of the NEA provides greater access to the arts for all, and makes positive impacts on citizens, families, communities, schools, and organizations across the country.”

Lynch praised the “unified, tireless, persistent work of the arts community and grass-roots advocates” across the country for their efforts.

The bill also provides critical support to the Smithsonian Institution and other federally funded arts groups in Washington. The Smithsonian will receive just over $1 billion, including $198 million for the first phase of the renovation of the National Air and Space Museum, a seven-year project expected to begin this year, and $10 million to finish a new storage facility required for the project. The bill provides $2 million for the Smithsonian’s recently announced Women’s History Initiative.

The National Gallery of Art will receive $165.9 million and the Kennedy Center will receive $40.5 million, a $4 million hike.

The $9 million increase to the Institute of Museum and Library Services will help individual libraries and museums, explained Director Kathryn K. Matthew. “We’re honored to have additional funding for state libraries for America’s libraries and for our programs helping individual museums, including African American history and culture museums. We are also pleased to be able to increase support for libraries and museums serving Native American, Hawaiian and Alaskan tribal communities,” Matthew said.

In a statement, Corporation for Public Broadcasting President and chief executive Patricia Harrison expressed her gratitude. “The legislation reaffirms that federal funding for public media is an investment that continues to deliver proven value and service to the American people. On behalf of the millions of Americans who benefit from public media’s services everyday, CPB thanks Congress for its longstanding support,” she said.



FEATURED RESOURCE

   


For more than 100 years, the National Parent Teacher Association (National PTA®) has been a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Today’s PTA is a network of millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools.

PTA's mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. PTA believes all students deserve the opportunity to take part in the arts, both in school and in the community. The arts can positively affect entire school culture—especially student motivation, attitudes, and attendance - which encourages students to stay in school, succeed in school, succeed in work, and succeed in life!

The National PTA's ArtsEdResources is a strong advocate for the arts in schools and a great source of information.

A worthwhile read for anyone interested in the importance of the art in schools, The Arts Ed Guide from PTA can help establish an ArtsEd team, assess arts programs, practices and policies at a school and engage more families in school decision-making. The guide can help a PTA accomplish increased student access to ArtsEd opportunities, secure ArtsEd resources for students and teachers, and establish School ArtsEd Policies 





CANADA IN THE NEWS  



Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) Supporting Art Therapy


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Art Therapy and Well-Being                                


The Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy makes it possible for the MMFA to consolidate its developmental focus on art therapy and well-being. All actions put in place are aimed at the same goal, namely to promote the well-being of a variety of groups, whether or not they have special needs.

In this connection, some new programming, designed in partnership with the health and academic communities, is offering a whole range of innovative projects adapted to persons living either with mental health issues, autism or eating disorders, or with difficulties related to learning, living together and social inclusion. Whether they visit exhibitions in the company of an educator, participate in creative workshops or present their creations to Museum audiences, program participants have meaningful artistic and social experiences.

Numerous professionals from the medical world and the community can join forces in an unusual practice setting, thanks to the Museum’s facilities, which include an art therapy workshop, a medical consultation room and an Art Hive, created in collaboration with the Department of Creative Arts Therapy at Concordia University.

Art has a positive effect on the physical and mental health and well-being of individuals. To back this up, researchers from various institutions in Quebec are studying the beneficial effects of a visit to the Museum, which may be comparable to the benefits of physical exercise.

Furthermore, the MMFA Art and Health Advisory Committee, composed of experts from the fields of health, art therapy, research and the arts, as well as representatives of philanthropy and the MMFA, offers its expertise and support for the development of potential partnerships and innovative projects implemented at the MMFA.


Breaking the Isolation
Institut Raymond-Dewar

This project offers creative workshops aimed at breaking the isolation of teenagers and young adults living with speech disorders or sensory impairments, such as dysphasia, deafness and auditory processing disorders (APDs). This art therapy program is the result of a collaboration with the CIUSSS Centre-Sud de Montréal – Institut Raymond-Dewar (IRD) and Concordia University.

During visits to the MMFA, which are followed by group discussions led by an art therapist and contributors from the IRD, young people with serious communication difficulties are able to get beyond their disabilities and express themselves freely through an accessible means of communication, namely art. This judicious blend of social and cultural activities is conducive to the development of communication skills, promotes self-esteem and breaks isolation.


FEATURED CANADIAN RESOURCE




The Performing and Visual Arts component on Canada.ca provides information of funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans and heritage performers.

In the Performing and Visual arts component, see who can apply for designation as a national arts service organization or for funding to support Canadian artists and artisans, arts training institutions, and the organizations that present or support the arts.




BY THE NUMBERS

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., provides a stunning home for 4,000 European and American paintings, 3,000 sculptures, 31,000 drawings, 70,000 prints, 12,000 photographs, and much more!


             



DID YOU KNOW


Washington Crossing the Delaware is an 1851 oil-on-canvas painting by the German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. It commemorates General George Washington during his famous crossing of the Delaware River with the Continental Army on the night of December 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War. That action was the first move in a surprise attack against the German Hessian allied mercenary forces at Trenton, New Jersey, in the Battle of Trenton on the morning of December 26.

Did you know that the original was part of the collection at the Kunsthalle in Bremen, Germany, and was destroyed in a bombing raid in 1942, during World War II. Leutze painted two more versions, one of which is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The other was in the West Wing reception area of the White House in Washington, D.C.; but in March 2015, was put on display at The Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, Minnesota.





Quote

“To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.”
- George Washington



NAMTA MEMBERS SUPPORTING THE ARTS




       


Marabu uses Art Supplies to Support its Community with a Charitable Sponsorship

Marabu was proud to be one of the sponsors for Empty Bowls - Detroit, an annual event that raises funds and awareness for families in need of food, housing, health services and job programs. Marabu provided a large shipment of paint for their community bowl-painting workshops. The painted ceramic bowls are then sold at the event. Details at The Empty Bowls Project was founded in 1990 when Michigan art teacher John Hartom, and wife Lisa Blackburn, challenged his high school art students to make 120 ceramic bowls and a personal difference. Hartom's students accepted the challenge and made enough bowls for the entire school staff to use as serving pieces for soup at the school fundraiser. Guests were given basic information about hunger and, to their surprise, were asked to keep their bowls as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The reaction of the staff was telling. Hartom and Blackburn realized something very powerful had occurred. What was to be a one-time luncheon became an international grassroots effort to help fight hunger, thus starting he Empty Bowls Project.Empty Bowls Detroit began in 2007 with a youth group that painted 100 bowls and raised $500. In 2017, 11 years since we began, Empty Bowls Detroit attracted more than 600 attendees and raised more than $35,000 for CCSS. None of this would be possible without our generous volunteers, donors and sponsors. All ‘personnel’ are unpaid volunteers and we are proud to declare that 100% of all net proceeds are passed on to CCSS to feed those in need.Often joined by artisans, craftspeople, churches, schools, and youth groups, independent Empty Bowls events across the U.S. and Canada have raised millions of dollars in the fight against hunger. Regardless of the location, sponsors, and the bowls used, all events include a simple meal and a bowl to take home to remind us that someone's bowl is always empty.







Humanity First: Raising Money for Education Through Art

By Matt Villano
The Healdsburg Tribune

Bradford Brenner is one of many talented artists with a gallery in Healdsburg. To members of a variety of north county school communities, Brenner is much more - he’s the artist who works with local kids to create collaborative paintings he then donates to charity, paintings that will raise big bucks for Sonoma County education this year alone. Recently, a masterpiece that Brenner engineered with all of the 3-to-5-year-old students at Live Oak Preschool sold for $1,700 during the 41st annual Live Oak Preschool Dinner Dance Auction fundraiser. Earlier this month, a separate painting Brenner did with kindergarten students at Healdsburg Charter School (HCS) sold for $1,300 at a fundraiser for that school’s Parent Teacher Organization. Brenner takes nothing for his efforts; all the money raised goes back to the schools Later this spring, bid-callers at fundraising events will auction off three more Brenner-and-schoolkids original pieces. All told, Brenner himself says the five-auction total has a “realistic chance” to eclipse $20,000 — serious money to spark serious change. “I’ve been so welcomed by this community, this is the least I can do to give back,” he says. “Art is a gift onto itself, but, in this case, the money certainly helps these schools, as well.” 

The artist’s process for the fundraisers is simple. First, he gets acrylic paints, brushes and other materials donated by Riley Street Art Supply in Santa Rosa. Next, he lets the students paint. In the case of the HCS and Live Oak paintings, Brenner visited the respective school campuses and gave each student about one minute at each canvas. His only rules: No thinking, just paint what comes to mind. “There are so many moments in today’s day and age where a child’s creativity is restricted,” he says. “My thinking was to let them do whatever they wanted; that way every child in the school would be embodied in each piece.” Once every student has had a turn, Brenner takes the painting back to his gallery for embellishing and refinement.  Read entire article



       
 
Here are some facts about why it matters:

Creativity is among the top applied skills sought by employers. More often than not, business leaders say creativity is of high importance when hiring. The arts are about critical thinking, solving and re-framing problems and facts in ways that reveal insights and opportunities. Music, creative writing, drawing and dance provide skills sought by employers of the third millennium. In fact 72% of companies that give to the arts recognize that it stimulates creative thinking, problem solving and team building. partnershipmovement.org
 
Artistic Literacy is critical to a child's comprehensive education "in our increasingly multi-media age,where information is communicated less through numeracy and the written word." nationalartsstandards.org
 
Arts Integration into all subjects shows that exposure to the arts can help with academics, too. A few schools are taking the research to heart, weaving the arts into everything they do and finding that the approach not only boosts academic achievement but also promotes creativity, self-confidence and school pride. ww2.kqed.org

Accountability is one of the skills children learn from art. When children practice creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn that when the are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer. Through the arts, children also learn that it is important to admit that you made a mistake and take responsibility for it. Because mistakes are a regular part of the process of learning in the arts, children begin to see that mistakes happen.  We acknowledge them, learn from them and move on. blog.americansforthearts.org

Exposure to and engagement with visual art can also contribute to the development of your child's math skills. Pattern recognition, recognition of special differences and counting correlate with visual arts as well by say, making collages or using materials such as beads to introduce counting.  Your child gets both the pleasure of creative exploration and an understanding of basic mathematical concepts without even really knowing. mnn.com

Arts Education as a part of the school curriculum (delivered both in arts classrooms and through arts integrated instruction in non-arts classrooms), helps students to develop ownership of the creative process and of their own learning-including taking responsibility for setting their own goals, developing criteria for success, and monitoring their own progress.  artsedsearch.org

C
hildhood participation in arts and crafts leads to innovation, patents, and increases the odds of starting a business as an adult. It was found that people who own businesses or patents received up to eight times more exposure to the arts as children than the general public. psychologytoday.com


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