Social Emotional Learning through the Arts


Arts education has been proven to increase social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies. Arts education has been proven to reduce anxiety, increase connection and support SEL, including motivation, engagement, attention and self-regulation. Our students need arts education now!

  • Arts Education & Social Emotional Learning Framework is designed to illuminate the intersection between arts education and social-emotional learning to allow for the intentional application of appropriate teaching and learning strategies, with the overarching goal of enhancing art education.

Art education has benefits beyond the obvious and should be part of any high-quality child care education program. Not only does its inclusion inspire creativity and a love of learning, but also encourages important life skills like sharing, caring, self-expression, confidence, and empathy. Children need experiences that help them expand their understanding of the world around them, and art-based activities fulfill that need in a wide variety of ways.  The VA Infant & Toddler Network helps improve the quality of care for infants and toddlers through extensive resources, services, and education for caregivers. Learn more about how we can help you improve the standard of care.

The Institute for Art Integration and STEAM shared how they promote social awareness through art activities. Through arts we can learn to take the perspective of others, find commonalities, and appreciate our differences. Through our passions and a shared community of diverse backgrounds we can also deepen positive relationships with others. The Institute shares a few examples of how to build social awareness through the arts such as listening to a song and sharing what you think each instrument might be saying as a way to think about perspective.

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