What kids get from the arts that helps them in life, according to Phillips: Creativity. Confidence. Problem solving. Perseverance. Focus. Non-verbal communication. Receiving constructing feedback. Collaboration. Dedication.
And, oh yes — there is art for art's sake. This isn't news to the Thea Foundation, which is training teachers in Arkansas A+ arts-infused education, but there are some folks in the legislature who need to hear it. Pass it on.
Phillips is the author of The Artist Edge.