Josh Concepcion writes on Importance of Arts Education

Posted by: nancym 3 years ago

Josh Concepcion, Musical Theatre Class of 2017, wrote an article for the Coronado Eagle Journal recently on the importance of keeping arts in education. Here is a link to the article, part of which is reprinted below:

I sometimes recall my experience in the fourth grade at Village Elementary during the school’s “specials” day where we had to go through numerous classes outside of our homeroom. These classes often ranged from a variety of different subjects such as science, reading, and the one that I enjoyed the most, drama and music class. It was there that I was introduced to ideas such as the beginnings and influence of the theatre, the inspirations behind Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” and the single melody that inspired me to want to be an artist.

It was this class that motivated me to learn more about the arts and find out how it evolved into what it is today. It inspired me to learn about instruments and melodies. It inspired me to learn about taking bleak lines off a page and act out scenes with passion and intent. It inspired me to figure out where I would fit in to the whole story.

But one of the most important things that arts taught me is expression. Having the ability to express my creative instincts and my own thoughts and emotions through my art is something I will never take for granted, and I’m sure many of those who have been in my position feel the same way. Being able to take a paintbrush, an instrument, your voice, etc. and be able to express who you are is a gift that should be preserved forever in our school system. For it’s this type of education and environment that makes young students the ones who can change the course of history, who can explore the depths of humanity and be the light through the darkest of the times, they can be the ones who can inspire an entire nation with a single melody.