As business and education become more technologically based, and there is a high level of emphasis on statistics and analysis, it seems as though the room for creative expression has diminished. School programs for music, theater, and the arts are harder to come by, especially in financially challenged school districts, and the youngest generation comprises of individuals that will suffer because of this.
I have always reveled in the arts. With a profound love of reading and writing, I see joy in the act of creation. As I am free to explore more of my creative side, I find my ideas and my ability to be innovative increases. I can’t wave a magic want and change the direction society is moving in. Perhaps, there will be great things born of this generation. However, I think it is important to make people aware of this problem because we can all have an influence on the outcome.
Many of us are educators, parents, aunts, or uncles. We all have, or will have, contact with the future generations, and we can instill a love for the arts in them. We can introduce them to the limitless expression available with a canvas and paint on the lawn on a bright spring morning, and a run through the sprinklers afterward to wash off the paint. We can show them the beauty of architecture by explaining some of the greatest works and the feats it took to create them. We can take them to a symphony, let them hear rock, jazz, and every other genre of music. We can fill their hearts with a passion that can only come from exposure to beautiful creations. From museums to art studios, we can give children the exposure they need.
We can give them a love for books because there is nothing like holding a favorite book in your hands with pages worn from lovingly turning them many times. Children need this creative expression, but so do we. We need to be reminded of the feelings that come from awe inspiring work. We can now appreciate them with an experienced eye, as well as through the wonder in the eyes of our children. Our society will always need technology and analytics to grow, but true innovation is born from creative expression. And creativity is fed by an open door of discovery into the world of arts. The less limited we are, the more we can grow and formulate ideas that can grow into the next greatest thing.
So, when you see your child hovering over technology, serious and dedicated to the gaming, discussions, or social media, provide them with an experience you can both benefit from. Open the door for them and show them the magic on the other side!