Date of Award

Spring 4-11-2024

Document Type

Research Paper


Whittier Scholars Program

First Advisor

Christine Ybarra


This literature review draws on insights from scholars and arts advocates, it delves into the significance of incorporating artistic practices in schools and advocates for including arts education in public schools. This literature review utilizes studies, peer-reviewed research papers, and governmental recommendations based on current research. Art has a highly transformative power. It benefits the development of complex thought processes and offers insights into children's abilities. By integrating art into education, educators can address the evolving challenges of early childhood education and cultivate environments where students can be engaged by enthusiastic, trained teachers and get excited about learning. Art prepares students for the future world of work and nurtures their social responsibility and resilience, empowering them to navigate life's complexities with confidence and adaptability. Ultimately, by embracing the arts in education, educators can foster intellectually curious, socially adept, emotionally resilient, and physically safe children. Through engaging students in art-making experiences, schools can create environments that stimulate growth and prepare children for the multifaceted challenges of tomorrow.