You may not be aware of this, but our Woodlands community actually has the nation’s largest public art collection for a town of its’ size. And that’s NOT including our famed Waterway Arts Festival!
The Woodlands Art Council continues to find more ways to get the community involved in the art world, as is a HUGE reason that so many creatives choose to have a place in the area.
So what does this mean for you?
It means you get all the benefits of living in a smaller/less populated town, but all of the culture and art that comes with living in the big city!
So what does this have to do with education?
Just like a young boy at his first baseball game, inspiration often comes through experience. When children are exposed to things like sports, movies, or the arts, you may find that they are inspired to participate in those activities. That is why you see so many kids choosing to be in whatever field their parents were in. They were exposed to the activity and were inspired enough to want to make their own mark on it.
When a child goes out and sees a public sculpture at the Woodlands Arts Festival, you may find yourself at the dollar store buying them some sculpting clay the next day.
Studies show that children who work their creative muscles often perform better in multiple areas of development. As outlined in a report by PBS, skills such as motor skills, language development, decision making, visual learning, inventiveness, cultural awareness, and academic performance are enhanced and are directly correlated to participation in creative activities.
Even schools are starting the process of curriculum changes for the incoming generations. Many educators are shifting focus from traditional math and reading to put more of an emphasis on creative endeavors.
The Arts are simply another great reason to become a part of the growing Woodlands Community. If you are considering the area as a place to build a new family, keep the arts and cultural exposure in mind! If you already live in the community, get out and check out some of our public arts!
Bring your kids, and maybe stock up on some paper and crayons. Be sure to explain to them the importance and influence of art, and encourage them to create some of their own.