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CoastLine: Kids, Arts, and Creativity — Why Arts Education Goes Beyond Art for Art's Sake

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on August 27, 2014. 

How does art for art’s sake impact a child’s developmentand is there a way to incorporate the arts as a vehicle for teaching other disciplines?  

There’s an abundance of research showing early immersion in the arts helps a child’s motor skills, creativity, and cognitive abilities.  And now new research from the John F. Kennedy Center’s Arts in Education Research Study out of Washington, D.C. demonstrates that arts integration – using an art form as a vehicle for teaching traditional academic subjects – leads to heightened student engagement, creativity, learning retention, and overall excitement about school. 

On this edition of CoastLine, we explore how some new ideas might be incorporated into the public school system and we’ll look at what’s available now – both inside the New Hanover and Brunswick County Public School Systems and programs outside of public schools. 


Tracy Wilkes, Co-founder and Executive Director of DREAMS of Wilmington

Emily Colin, Associate Director of DREAMS of Wilmington

Dr. Edward Pruden, Superintendent of Brunswick County Public Schools

Valita Quattlebaum, Spokesperson for New Hanover County Public Schools

Listen to Segment 1 featuring Tracy Wilkes, Emily Colin, and Dr. Edward Pruden.
Listen to Segment 2 here featuring Tracy Wilkes and Emily Colin.
Listen to Segment 3 here featuring Tracy Wilkes and Valita Quattlebaum.

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.