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19 Jul 2017

The Art Experience on the radio!

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July 17, 2017

Our Art Experience director, Judy Wilson, was asked to join Michigan Public Radio’s Stateside to talk about the mission of bringing back art for young people whose schools may or may not be able to afford it. Our program, Community Art Lab, is a storefront where anyone in the community can have access to art making experiences.

In the interview, Judy talks about how the arts develop skills for children that businesses and corporations are finding in short supply among new hire candidates.

Children painting acrylic landscapes inside The Art Experience’s community studio.

“Art making or creative endeavors, I often call it, affords kids the chance to use their imagination,” Wilson said. “To play with art elements, whether it’s visual arts, movement, music, creative writing, theater and that activity actually engages cognitive processes that are often underutilized in our current academic settings.”

Some of the skills Art Experience aims to foster include abstract and critical thinking, whole big-picture thinking, problem identifying and solving skills, and communication.

You can listen to the four minute interview here.

If you like what you hear, and you want to do a part to help in the effort, donations are welcome!

Thank you to Cynthia Canty, the producers, and Michigan Public Radio for having us on the show and supporting our big idea!


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