The arts hold a special place in our hearts here at Camino Federal Credit Union. Not only are we big fans of it, but we also recognize the importance of it for education in school. On its own, the arts can be an incredible place for children to express themselves, build confidence and tap in to their creativity. Beyond that, the arts play a pivotal role in their education.
A study done by Stanford University and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching showed several links between the arts and education. Students who participate in the arts are…
- 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
- 3 times more likely to be elected to class office
- Read for pleasure twice as often
- Score better on tests
We are fortunate enough to live in Southern California, home to some of the best places to experience art in all its forms. With all the museums, art exhibits, performing arts centers and galleries within an hours drive, you could spend a lifetime visiting them all.
Here are a few places that are great for children and adults alike, giving you the opportunity for enjoyment and education.
Vincent Price Art Museum
Their current exhibitions, running until July 26th, feature the art of the late photographer and artist Ricardo Valverde, as well as of Los Angeles artist Michael C. Hsiung. Both exhibits are worth the visit, and the price for admission (free) make this an excellent place to spend a couple hours viewing and admiring art.
Learn more: http://vincentpriceartmuseum.org
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
With a good lineup of performances set for the summer, it’s worth taking a look to see if anything catches your eye.
Learn more: http://www.cerritoscenter.com/
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
To see some truly great works of art, one only needs to visit LACMA. With a collection of over 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, it’s actually the largest art museum in the western United States.
Two current exhibitions of special interest and should not be missed: Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky, and Futbol: The Beautiful Game.
The best part about the LACMA is that children 17 and under are free, and tickets are only $15 for adults – well worth the price considering the collection of art you will get to see.
Learn more: http://www.lacma.org/
We hope that you can schedule some time for the arts this summer. There are opportunities everywhere to experience it and it can be an entertaining and educational opportunity for your children. Additionally, if you want to get involved in helping make sure the arts remain in school, we encourage you to check out Arts for LA, a non-profit dedicated to making sure the arts stay part of our lives.
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