Art Matters!

 

ARTS_2017-09-13 Foxcroft School Classroom Art-14

By Digital Arts Instructor Julie Fisher

Fisher_JulieThere are tremendous efforts being made across the globe to empower our youth, especially within educational systems. Foxcroft School’s mission is to “help every girl explore her unique voice and to develop the skills, confidence, and courage to share it with the world.” This message should ring true to every educator out there, especially those who dwell in an art classroom. This is why we do what we do. Art matters! It is not just for a select few, but for everyone. The arts provide young people with the tools they need to succeed in life, no matter what their individual futures might hold. Every lesson in art reinforces self-awareness, teaches resilience, and best of all, provides many different platforms for girls to use their “voices” each and every day.

Anyone who has ever sat down in front of a blank sheet of paper or a grand piano, or who has stood onstage in the spotlight knows that it takes courage to create. Art makes us stronger. We all experience the most profound learning when overcoming mistakes. The real value in art lies within the creative process. It is fascinating to trace the life of an idea from the initial mental image to a final physical form. There is no road map, there is no answer key, and there are no two people who approach a creative problem in the exact same way. Our creations are as widely varied as our individual personalities, and there is so much that we can learn from one another if we just look and listen.

This is what Foxcroft’s first annual Arts Weekend aims to accomplish; we want to lift up the different voices within our community and celebrate what it means to create. A wide range of artistic expressions will be represented. Our event weekend kicks off on Friday, April 27th with the premier of our spring musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in the School’s Foxhound Auditorium. On Saturday afternoon, the Festival of Arts will take over Currier Library and Schoolhouse with an expansive display of student, faculty, and staff artwork. There will also be a number of collaborative club activities and visiting artists’ workshops. These enriching experiences are meant to renew the importance of art in our everyday lives. Art advocates cannot just live inside of art classrooms. It is time we all embrace the truth that art matters!

Art offers us an opportunity to connect with the world and all of the people in it. If you feel it, you can sing it, you can photograph it, you can draw it, you can act it, you can design it, you can build it, and you can share it. Even people who struggle speaking up in a crowd can scream out their passions on canvas and affect everyone in the room without ever breaking the silence. Dancers can use their bodies to deliver equally forceful messages without ever uttering a word. Visual language breaks down communication barriers and allows for open access to the very depths of our humanity. Young people are bursting at the seams to be seen and heard. So sing, girls, sing. Let every girl here sing!

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