"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create." - President Barack Obama
We were treated to an evening of Creative Arts on Wednesday 29th November as we held our very first Braeburn Arts Evening.
It is important to remember that the Creative Arts are not solely about creating actors, directors, writers, artists and theatre makers but rather socially aware young people who can engage with a rapidly changing world. It transcends all subjects, instilling skills that are essential for many jobs and walks of life.
It teaches you real-world professionalism
For many students, creative arts are their first exposure to behaving professionally. You have to make a good impression, show enthusiasm, work hard, compromise, keep your emotions in check, support your peers, and treat your superiors with respect. All skills you have to master if you want to be taken seriously in your professional life.
It improves your communication and public speaking skills
Forcing yourself to speak in front of people will help you get better at it! You will be taught how to speak confidently in front of others, and learn how to recover when you’ve messed up. These skills are essential in the professional world as well as for university and job interviews.
You learn the value of teamwork
In many creative arts subjects you learn to compromise and collaborate with many different kinds of people, or there’s no show. You know that every individual is valuable, not just the stars.
It teaches you empathy
Empathy is a really important life skill. Putting yourself in another person’s shoes, trying to identify their struggles will really test your empathy, especially when portraying a character who is experiencing things you cannot personally relate to. This is an invaluable skill that will open your mind, improve the way you interact with people and is especially useful if you are considering a career in caring, teaching or social work.
You gain confidence
The environment of creative arts supports and encourages participants to push their comfort zone and try new things. Even if it all goes wrong it is part of the creating process to explore and experiment. You will find more success when you are conditioned to take risks, step outside your comfort zone and give it a go.
It teaches you resilience
Resilience is a key skills that is not really taught but experienced. You will not always get everything your own way. Compromise is the key.
"Music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment." - William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education