3 Reasons Arts Education Is Vital for Business Success and Profit

In the recent economic downturn, many Americans have decided that there needs to be very strict budget cuts for schools. One of the unfortunate casualties to this plan has been Arts Education.There are limited options to this problem. I am not going to promote cutting other organizations such as clubs or sports teams, because I do not feel it is our right. Any form of involvement in school activities should be encouraged. Activities will not be successful, if they are all funded by bake sales. Trust me, I know from experience. People want to cut the funding for programs they are not personally interested in. I do not believe that is right. Taking money from the football team to give to the band is not a solution.Nevertheless, before you sign on to this seemingly simple tax-cut, think of these crucial benefits that come with involvement in the Arts.1.The Arts involves critical skills that generate success.-Reading music is composed of being able to configure fractions instantly in the head so fast that you can perform them at a moments notice. Music majors may cringe at the sight of a balance sheet or strategic profit model, until they realize it is the equivalent of Beethoven’s ninth symphony.-Being an actor you have to be able to present, negotiate and close. Just because it happens on stage rather than over a desk makes no difference. The ability to create the suspension of disbelief is the same as a sales pitch. The skill set of a well-rounded businessperson is instilled and rehearsed day after day becoming innate.2.The Arts creates the kind of employees you want to hire.-All disciplines of the arts from painting to singing and everything in between have a vital benefit; they require insurmountable hours of practice. The dedication to goals and achievement are something you will want for your organization.-Creative minds that indulge in the arts are not in it for the money, clearly. They do what they do for the thrill and empowerment they get from creation. Hire these people, give them room to grow and you will benefit from their strengths. Do not get me wrong, they might need training, but the foundation to create and bolster is there.-It has been well documented that the arts contributes to higher attendance and good behavior in schools. Showing up is half the battle, and in the business world can get you into so many doors by simply being persistent. Artsy people are nothing, if not persistent.3.The Arts invents employees, which will make you look good.-This may seem like a stretch, but let’s be honest, as a manager you always want to look good. This can only go as far as your employees and your effectiveness. You do not need to hire an employee who is going to be constantly late. You need an employee who is always early, because they know from auditions just how beneficial it is.-One of the toughest lessons students in the Arts have to learn is about rejection. The fact that I have to write this article is proof. But, students who come from an Arts background grow a tough skin. No, you do not need to hire the first chair violinist as your next sales person. But, I can guarantee you that an Arts major will be closing a major deal, because they will not take no for an answer. For people in the Arts rejection is a challenge, and the end result for you will be profit.-Prospects have hobbies and interests too! When hiring an employee, an Arts person can find a way to relate to almost anyone. Studying for roles, reading countless plays and observing the public an Arts trained employee can become the ultimate resource for human interaction. Arts people are essentially all trying to use their art to reach other people. We understand communication, an in the end it is essential to all business.-In order to be an effective manager you must employ minds that are not exactly like yours. You need to be able to challenge, delegate and improve. If you want another drone from a business school, who has never looked outside a textbook then that is your choice. If you choose to pick a person with a background in the Arts, you will be getting someone who has lived many of the pillars of successful business on a daily basis, not just read about them.When it comes to the subject you’ve got to ask yourself this: Is it more important to save a few bucks by cutting Arts Education or investing in the future minds entering the workforce? Let’s take a quick recap for most of the people, who will just scroll to the summary:1. The Arts involves critical skills that generate success.
2. The Arts creates the kind of employees you want to hire.
3. The Arts invents employees, which will make you look good.