As students settle into the new school year, we’re reminded of the important role art-making plays in a fulfilling, well-rounded education. Studies show that youth who access art-making opportunities develop stronger communication skills, do better in math and science subjects, and participate more in class.
We see the proof on a regular basis. Educators from our partner OUSD Title 1 schools tell us their students who participate in Crucible workshops engage more in the classroom and develop greater trust with their teachers.
Youth Program Manager, Samantha Espinoza explained, “Students who might have behavioral challenges at school, their counselors tell us their Crucible class calms them down and helps them prep for the day.”
She continued, “Oftentimes, the standard academic structure doesn’t meet students where they are. Having a creative practice helps bridge that gap. When students engage in hands-on art-making, it gives them new context for math and science lessons.”