Bigger Than 'Hot Cheetos and Takis'-<br />
Why Arts Education Matters

Bigger Than 'Hot Cheetos and Takis'-
Why Arts Education Matters

As a video created in a after-school program goes viral, Kristin Braswell discusses the importance of giving children the opportunity to express their creativity

Kristin Braswell

by Kristin Braswell, August 24, 2012

Bigger Than 'Hot Cheetos and Takis'-<br />
Why Arts Education Matters

Hot Cheetos & Takis

Photo courtesy of 13twentythree Photography

this country has to offer, but to encourage a child to use his or her imagination is free. Fortunately, there are still programs like Fulton Arts in Atlanta, the Inner City Arts Program in Los Angeles and, of course, the North Community Beats and Rhymes program in Minneapolis, which produced “Hot Cheetos and Takis.”

Encouraging children to achieve success by thinking creatively is what has often produced the people who thought limitlessly enough to change the world, and did. There is no blueprint for success other than hard work. Imagine a world where we taught our children to work just as hard at the melody or vision playing in their heads as the arithmetic set sent home by their teacher. That’s right-- imagine.

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