Art is such a wonderful thing. It’s an outlet for stress from a school day, a way to express how you’re feeling, and a nice way to just let your creativity flow. Unfortunately many schools tend to cut the creative arts classes first when their budgets get tight or the funds get cut. I think this is a problem, because for many people art classes are a way to balance their stressful schedules and give them a break from the normal studies in the classroom.
From personal experiences i know how important art classes are, whether it be writing, dancing, music, or creative arts (which is what i tend to lean towards). It gives me a nice difference in the way i use my brain during the day, and it gives me a break form my stressful classes and books i have to read.
I have learned a lot from art and how to use my talents, and i hope in the future i can major in art. I would like to incorporate art in my future career somehow, so i want to get experience now in high school. One opportunity i have looked into is an internship at the Easter Iowa Arts Academy. It’s a non-profit after school arts program for kids in kindergarten to 12th grade. This organization is so great because it allows kids to have that needed art time they lack in their normal school day. It provides opportunities for low-income families, and it gives kids a free thing to do after school, which keeps them from getting into trouble in some cases.
“Eastern Iowa Arts Academy (EIAA) is an after-school 501 c (3) arts organization created in 2007 by local educator, David Griffin. EIAA offers classes in art, music, dance, drama, cultural arts and creative writing, and are taught by professional educators and artists. EIAA’s multidisciplinary and multicultural arts programs enhance the appreciation of the arts, strengthen performance abilities, provide quality after-school activities, and celebrate the rich diversity in our community. Eastern Iowa Arts Academy programs are open to any student, male/female in grades K-12, individuals with a wide variety of special needs and seniors at assisted living communities. Particular focus is placed on providing artistic opportunities for low income families and in low-income neighborhoods across the Greater Cedar Rapids/Marion metro area.
Eastern Iowa Arts Academy’s passion and primary goal has always been to provide high quality arts opportunities for students of all ages and skill levels to explore, excel at, and develop an appreciation for the visual and performing arts. However, EIAA is more than just an arts program. EIAA was also designed to keep young people engaged in meaningful, enriching activities that prevent them from making negative choices; to support low-income families by offering classes at little or no-cost; and to improve the quality of life for young people by providing opportunities many most likely would not otherwise experience.
Many students involved in the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy have no exposure to arts outside their school environment, which is limited in scope. The Eastern Iowa Arts Academy provides youth with the ability to explore a variety of arts experiences without prior training and with no fear of failure, to perhaps spark an interest they would otherwise have missed.”
This organization makes me so pumped to one day (hopefully soon) be apart of spreading art around the community and showing people how beneficial it is to the community and that anyone can do it. Art helps a lot of people in different ways, as I’ve mentioned in my earlier posts about art therapy, and I think it needs to get more credit in schools and the community!