Art enlightens us to our real condition and allows us unobstructed explorations of self and others. Art is especially important for children: they are in the midst of developing their identity and character, and they need to be encouraged in this creative process.  Since art is a process of self-discovery, how could it not be a vital component of a child’s growth into adulthood?

The imagination of young people needs to be fostered, both for the young themselves, and for building healthy human communities. The expansion of character and new ideas shapes the great designers, inventors, leaders and innovators of the future. The cultivation of natural growth patterns and human desire through art education requires, then, the development of sustainable and universally adaptable pedagogies.