A study conducted by several independent researchers concludes that participation in the arts fosters the development of social, personal and cognitive skills of children.
Programs that are based on the arts can help improve academic achievement and diminish the inclination towards juvenile delinquency. It also helps the youth develop positive attitudes about themselves and builds up their self-esteem.
The arts programs involve understanding, communication, and interpretation and of complex symbols, which is practically similar to mathematics and language arts. Thus it nurtures the higher-order of evaluation skills, analytical skills and synthesis. A lot of of the programs prepare the child to use multiple skills on a regular basis hence producing in a child a more dynamic and versatile human being.
The development of creativity, philosophy, and judgment are just the perks of an arts-based activity. Contrary to the short duration of the art classes at school, the additional time permitted in extra curricular activities allows the child to become more involved. The outcome results in better chances for development of the latent potentials in the child. The child successively learns to set high criteria of achievement for himself. He understands the meaning behind sustained focus and learns that habitual correct practice is the way towards excellence.
For a child who is shy or withdrawn, theatre, drama, or speech lessons can be an outlet for repressed emotions. Because drama requires the skill of characterizing another person, the child eventually learns to express emotions and thoughts verbally. These rationalities account for the legitimacy of the inclusion of arts-based activities in the educational development of a child.