Creative Collision: An Examination of the Impact Arts Can Have on Adolescents During a Global Crisis
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Artistic-focused programs for adolescents across the US are minimal to non-existent. This lack of access and participation in artistic activities is stunting our youth’s creative brain development which is a critical intelligence they will need in the future to be effective leaders, problem solvers and workers in our fast-paced, digital world. That’s why I developed Creative Collision for my senior thesis project, a non-profit, Fine and Performing Arts event. It is designed to enhance adolescents’ levels of human connection, collaboration, artistic career exploration, academic success and well-being. I believe art is a universal language and necessity in life, as it provides an outlet for therapeutic, collaborative, and expressive communication, especially during times of stress. With the wide-spread impact of COVID-19 sweeping the entire planet, the collaborative and therapeutic nature of this event is needed now more than ever. Through examination of the event, I will determine the levels of human connection and collaboration produced on a digital platform, and ultimately the impact art of all forms can have on a community in crisis.