Art Program Founder Attests to Importance of Arts in School Curriculum

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The U.S. Department of Education continues to emphasize the arts as part of a comprehensive education in order to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.

KidzArt empowers kids to develop a sense of identity through self expression and creativity which builds their confidence and brainpower

The case for the arts becoming part of core student curriculum is gaining rapid support among parents. Arts education is now being deemed as essential instead of just an extra curricular activity says Shell Herman, CEO and co-founder of KidzArt (

“Research continues to show a strong correlation between the arts and academic success,” says Herman. “It’s becoming more evident that the arts develop different aptitudes in children such as cognitive skills, reasoning and comprehension, for example, which can strengthen their academic abilities.”

According to a report by the Arts Education Partnership, there is a critical link to reading, writing and math excellence in children who are exposed to art, drama and music as opposed to students who focus only on academics. Experiencing the arts is tied to a child’s intellectual, personal and social development creating a well-rounded individual.

KidzArt, a program that provides focused drawing instruction for kids from preschoolers to teens, offers a constructive, creative outlet that encourages self-expression, communication and problem solving. The classes provide children with a guided foundation for drawing, but also encourage brainstorming. “KidzArt empowers kids to develop a sense of identity through self expression and creativity which builds their confidence and brainpower,” says Herman.    

Art is just one of many creative activities that have been shown to help kids improve cognitive development, strengthen communication and expressive skills and boost reasoning and organization skills. “Proficiency in these areas fortifies, enables and motivates kids to perform better in school,” says Herman.

For more information on the academic benefits of the arts for children, contact Shell Herman at (800) 379-8302.

About KidzArt

Founded in 1993, KidzArt is designed to let kids and seniors of all ages explore their inner artistic potential in a safe, structured, non-competitive environment. KidzArt was recently ranked the Top Children’s Art Franchise in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for 2006, and made their Best of the Best list. In addition, KidzArt was recently named among the Fast 55 by Franchise Times magazine for 2006. Franchising since July 2002, KidzArt has over 55 franchised units nationwide and growing. To find out more about the KidzArt franchise in your area or to start one in your community, contact Shell Herman at 800-379-8302 or visit them on the Web at


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