Our Philosophy is simple: every child (and adult) deserves the creative fun of making art, and no education is complete without visual arts. Visual arts is a primary doorway to creativity, enhances learning in other subject areas, and makes learning fun!
Solid research by the top professionals in the field of brain research has proven that regular and consistent participation in the creative arts improves memory, increases and improves cognition, improves listening skills, enhances emotional intelligence, enhances perceptual-motor skills, positively influences the immune system, enhances and improves muscle control, strength, and endurance, enhances perception, raises cultural awareness, improves aesthetics, enhances student vocabulary and writing ability, improves reading and math scores, and provides many, many other benefits. According to Professor Edward Sturr of Kansas State University, “Making art is a highly cognitive process that involves problem-solving, critical thinking and creative thinking” (from “Arts with the Brain in Mind, by Eric Jensen, pp.58-59).
Despite these findings, students in America are receiving less and less art instruction in favor of more and more preparation for standardized tests. And despite the enormous amount of energy and focus centered around standardized testing, America continues to have the lowest math and science test scores of any of the industrialized nations. The countries that consistently lead in math and science scores require their students to participate in the creative arts from the earliest grades right on through to graduation, understanding that dividends paid in the lower grades reap rewards in the higher grades.
While brain research cannot prove that the creative arts is a cure-all for what ails America’s lagging math and science test scores, it does suggest that there are certain cognitive skills that are necessary for doing math and science that will never be learned in an educational vacuum that excludes the arts. Though BozeArts cannot promise this, it is is very likely that over the long run your child’s math and science performance may improve as s/he participates in the creation of visual arts. To increase this likelihood, BozeArts focuses on providing visual arts instruction with an interdcisciplinary focus. We make every effort to make your child’s art instruction relevant to what s/he is studying in school.
For more on how participation in the arts positively affects brain development, read Eric Jensen’s book, “Arts With the Brain in Mind.”
We are downtown in the Klare Building, which is the big yellow building directly across Babcock Street from the First Security Bank parking lot. We are NOT at the Emerson.