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Art to Heart

Why Are Drama Activities Important?

“All children play-act as part of their development, so it’s a very, very natural process to them; they’ve known drama since birth. They’re so adept at reading people’s postures, people’s gestures. It’s necessary for survival, so children are automatic dramatists.”

Laura Wasz, teacher, Byck Elementary

“It’s multidiscipline—you know, you have the language acquisition, then the movement, fine motor, locomotor—things like that. And those are all things they need in order to develop.”

Ntaka Wellington, preschool teacher, Community Academy Public Charter School

“It’s very important to talk to babies, to sing to babies, to read to babies, from a very, very early age. The sheer number of words that children are exposed to in early life actually determines or influences their own verbal intelligence and performance in language arts classes in school.”

Lise Eliot, professor of neuroscience, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

“We find over and over again that children who have had quality arts education do well in school. They make the kinds of connections that cross curriculum areas. Learning isn’t in silos; it connects in a lot of different ways, and the arts are one way to help children make those connections and understand the world as something other than just subject matter.”

Miriam Flaherty, senior director of education, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

“You can incorporate the arts into any subject—the children are going to learn more. And anybody who cuts art out—shame on them! They just do not understand children, they don’t understand education, and I would fire them all.”

Ingrid Crepeau, teaching artist, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

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