Reasons you should Spring into the Arts:
1. Spring into the arts and into creativity!
The benefits of enhanced creativity extend to many aspects of life no matter your age. Being creative helps you think outside of the box. Whether it is painting, singing, dancing, etc.- it’s creative. Creating makes people more resilient and better equipped to problem-solve in the face of hardship. These skills open doors; 72% of employers say that creativity is the #1 skill they look for when hiring.
2. Spring into the arts and into happiness!
Whether creativity means whipping up a spinach soufflé, admiring statues on the St. Joseph Sculpture Walk or acting in a Robidoux Resident Theatre show, experts say there’s a strong connection between creative expression and overall wellbeing. Engaging in art in any way can bring so much happiness.
3. Spring into the arts and melt your worries away!
Don't you go to another world when you listen to a favorite tune, paint a picture or visit an art museum? Studies show that both creating and observing art can reduce cortisol, the “stress hormone.” Results published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, titled “Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making,” found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessened stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent. When you get totally immersed in a creative endeavor, you may find yourself in what’s known as “the zone” or in a state of “flow.” This meditative-like state focuses your mind and temporarily pushes aside all your worries.
4. Spring into the arts and boost self-confidence!
Creating art, performing in a show, singing in front of an audience—all of these acts bring a sense of achievement. Research has shown that activities such as singing, playing instruments and writing can serve as very powerful forms of expression that help build self-esteem. Whether in an individual setting or as part of a group, arts education improves a person's confidence. For example, studies have shown that when children participate in arts activities with peers, the feedback they give to each other builds self-respect by helping them learn to accept criticism and praise from others.
5. Spring into the arts and enhance academic performance!
Artful learning improves observational skills and improves the ability to interpret and find meaning in visuals. Students engaged in arts learning have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, and lower drop-out rates.
Thank you to the businesses and individuals who help bring arts and people together through the quality programs of the following agencies.
2018 Funded Agencies:
Allied Arts Council
Creative Arts Productions
Performing Arts Association
Robidoux Resident Theatre
St. Joseph Community Chorus
Saint Joseph Symphony
Thank you to all who support the arts in any amount! [ 2017 Arts Fund Contributors ]
The Arts Fund is operated by the Allied Arts Council to benefit its member agencies and the St. Joseph community.