Audience Feedback: How the Arts Impacts Lives

This article is a summary of responses that I received from you, my viewers. I appreciate all of the responses I received from everyone; there was a lot of great feedback.

From the Facebook poll: Passion for The Arts, I received 32 responses in total. The question was, “When you had the arts in school as a child, do you think it had a positive effect on you while growing up? (The Arts: music, visual art, dance, or drama).”

There were 28 people that chose the response, “Yes, the arts had a positive effect on me.” Three people chose the response, “No, the arts had a negative effect on me.” One person chose the response, “I’m not sure.”

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A total of 88 percent said, “Yes,” nine percent said, “No,” and three percent said, “I’m not sure.”

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 For gender comparison of the Facebook poll, 88 percent of my audience was female and 13 percent were male.

Honestly, for my blog survey: How the Arts Impacts Lives, I did not receive as many responses as I would have liked. However, the responses I did receive were still great; I am grateful for the participation.

In summary, the majority of my viewers:

  • Felt that the arts had impacted them positively as a child
  • Experienced direct skills from the arts such as heighted creativity and/or confidence
  • Had dance, music, or visual arts as a child growing up in school.
  • Felt that their children were positively effected by the arts in school
  • Felt that school Funding budget cuts are unfair and should be corrected

Lastly, I interviewed Scott Evans, the Fine Arts Coordinator for the Orange County school district. I enjoyed speaking with him; he had a lot of great information to share. For feedback, I received a few likes on Facebook, which was great.

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One comment I received from MiddleChild28 was a great response to share:

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Crealdé School of Art Celebrates 31 Years of Excellence with Summer ArtCamp

Located in Winter Park, FL, Crealdé School of Art has had a successful Summer ArtCamp program for 31 years, starting this year’s camp summer on June 10, 2013, to enrich the lives of youth ages four through seventeen, through art classes taught by professional working artists.

ArtCamp students are exposed to many different categories of art in this six week program such as, ceramics, photography: film and digital, wheel throwing (pottery making), hand building with clay, printmaking, and traditional painting and drawing.

According to the Americans for the Arts organization, children and youth who participate in the arts over a period of one year for at least three times a week, three hours each time are said to be, “4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their school, 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair, 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance, and 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem.”

William S. Jenkins first founded Crealdé School of Art in 1975 and in 1981 incorporated the school as a non-profit 501c(3). Crealdé’s Summer ArtCamp was founded in 1982 and has been fulfilling the summers of over 300 youth campers every year. In 2007, Crealdé even extended their grasp by partnering with the City of Winter Park to create the Hannibal Square Heritage Center.

In a recent survey, the parents of ArtCamp-goers “agreed nearly 100% of the time that their children showed an increased self-esteem and sense of well-being and learned new skills (artistic awareness, new techniques, social skills),”according to the Crealdé School of Art.