Children have the entire future of the world in their
hands, and that's a big responsibility for such small hands. Therefore, adults
must help lead the future generation in the right direction. However, there is
a frightening epidemic happening is schools and, in the home, where children
are no longer being exposed enough to the beautiful and fascinating worlds of
arts and culture.
This is concerning because teaching children about the
arts and various cultures allows them to see the world through other people's
eyes. Each artist has a different perspective of the world which shines through
their pieces of art - whether it be in a painting, a piece of writing, a poem,
a piece of music - it opens the observer to gain a fresh and eye-opening
perspective of the world. It also teaches them a history that you can't read
about in textbooks, a history told through the eyes of the artist who created
This tends to create a fiery passion within young kids to explore the world around them and make a lasting impact on it. Also, showing children the traditions and teachings found within other cultures gives kids a chance to see the world, and spark their imagination. It allows them to learn about other ways of life and develop an understanding and tolerance for people who appear different than they are. It also illuminates the crises people are facing around the world, such as war and hunger.
This helps to create a deep level of gratitude in our children for how fortunate they are in their own lives, while also inspiring them to create change and help those in need. Children's minds are like sponges, and whatever water we use to soak those sponges, stays in the sponge. Arts and Cultures may not seem as important as math and science, but some would argue it’s much more important.
The world needs compassion and tolerance more than
anything else. So many people around the world are suffering because there
isn't enough of it to go around. Studying creativity and exploring our
environment through different perspectives is an invaluable form of education,
and one we should never deprive any child of. Doing so, may inadvertently cause
some serious consequences for the current generation and future generations to
come. It begs the question, can we find the solution for our children and
grandchildren, or part of the solution, through art and culture in our civilization?
Teaching children about the arts and culture helps
them to develop empathy and compassion for others. Yet, schools are removing it
from the curriculum because of budget concerns, and these teachings aren't
found while watching the evening news. We have a responsibility to the future
generation to provide them with more opportunities than previous generations
had, while also giving them the tools they need to become productive members of
A lack of empathy and understanding. The total lack
and will of politicians across the world. The one-sidedness to see only one's
own population instead of the whole - humanity, the whole civilization, because
that is what is crucial. That is what is responsible for so many of problems
found in the world today, and we are probably only making this problem worse by
keeping our children's eyes and minds closed to the world by removing programs,
for example, teaching arts and culture.
Heritage & Future
Each part of each piece of art is created by Award-winning artist Bender. Creation continues passionately with new discoveries every day, with the ambition and aspiration of the history and culture of Swedish soil and roots of the name that can be traced to the 1883, - for the future.
I choose to focus my attention in whatever direction calls me to create my best day!
Sherri Bishop - Lecturer in Musical Studies