Not Your Average Book Club
Not Your Average Book Club promotes early childhood literacy through an art and music curriculum. We offer monthly experiences with art and music professionals to advance a music-centric program and promote the ongoing education and creative practice of anti-racism, and advancing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We work to provide opportunities and platforms for historically marginalized communities and provide fair pay for all artists.
Creative environments encourage children to engage more in abstract and analytical thinking. Music stimulates the brain, and with its varied sounds and lyrics, participants are exposed to a large amount of vocabulary in a short amount of time. Music also provides exposure to other languages, which creates a foundation for the student’s ability to understand and communicate in a different language. Studies have shown that critical thinkers are better able to practice self-control and demonstrate self-discipline.
The skills that students learn from art programs can help them improve their performance in other subjects. Studies have shown that creativity can nurture a child’s emotional health. This happens because when creating art, children are ultimately making something that reflects their experiences and personality. When children can express themselves without fear of judgment, their emotional health can develop. Engaging in just 45 minutes of free art-making drastically increased people’s self-confidence!