The arts are an essential element of culture and history

The arts are an essential element of culture and history
Column by Anne Gingras

The arts help develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork.

Column by Anne Gingras

As an experienced educator with over thirty years in the field, I understand the importance of promoting the arts in our schools. Before becoming a teacher, I owned a music studio where I taught almost eighty students of all ages. Witnessing their sense of pride and accomplishment during their weekly lessons made me realize the significance of the arts in our society.

Recently, while listening to our students preparing for the Kiwanis Music Festival, I noticed that our bands had shrunk over the years, and our art programs had dwindled. It is disheartening to see that many young people no longer have an interest in classical music or museums and are instead focused on social media and instant gratification. Team recognition is essential for families and schools in a world where people are increasingly focused on winning big and fast. Promoting the arts in our schools is crucial for a well-rounded education.

The arts are an essential element of culture and history, providing a unique way of expressing oneself and exploring new ideas. They allow students to develop their creativity and imagination, skills applied to all life areas. Studies have shown that involvement in the arts can positively impact academic performance. For example, students who participate in music programs often score higher on standardized tests and have better grades than those who do not.

The arts also help develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork. It's important to note that not all students excel in sports or academics. The arts allow these students to shine and develop a sense of self-worth. By including and supporting the arts in our school curriculum, we can ensure that every student has the opportunity to discover their talents and passions.

In conclusion, the arts play a crucial role in our society, and giving them the same attention and respect as other school subjects is essential. By teaching and promoting the arts, we can help our students develop into well-rounded individuals better equipped to navigate the world around them.

To keep the arts alive, I will inspire more students to test their art skills over the next two and a half semesters. As a visual arts teacher, I will implement projects that bring exploration and satisfaction in various mediums. As a music teacher, I will stand by my dedicated and talented colleague and help guide our band towards the MusicFest competition in May. I will expose students to Canadian artists and musicians and bring whispers of Van Gogh, Monet, and Chopin. The survival of the arts in schools is vital to our future generations, and it starts today.

Have a great week!


Ps:  In June 2025, I am returning to my roots and currently accepting names for piano lessons in September 2025. I can't wait to see you in my studio!


Anne (St. Louis) Gingras is a neuro-diverse individual who is also a wife, mother, teacher, writer, author, blogger, composer, international public speaker, life coach, energy worker, intuitive coach, mentor and death doula who also enjoys spending time in her miniature worlds.  She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Education (honoris causa) from Nipissing University in North Bay.

 Anne (St. Louis) Gingras est une personne qui célèbre sa neuro-différence.  Elle est entre autres une épouse, maman, enseignante, écrivaine, blogueuse, compositrice, conférencière internationale, coach de vie, travailleuse en énergie, coach intuitive, mentor et doula (accent sur la mort), qui adore passer ses moments libres au sein de ses mondes miniatures.  Elle est récipiendaire d’un doctorat honorifique en éducation (honoris causa) de l’université Nipissing, de North Bay. 

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