Reaching into the closet swaying the hangers back and forth, just to find the “stand-out piece” I only wore once. All in the name of NYFW. Some people view fashion week as one of the most shallow weeks of the year. On the contrary, there are many shows dedicated to giving back to a community. For example, I attended the Rising Stars of NYFW last year which was curated for the Georgie Badiel Foundation. A percentage of the earnings would go towards helping Africa by providing clean water. This year I was thrilled to attend SFW (Style Fashion Week) where proceeds went to The City Kids Foundation.
The City Kids Foundation strives on artistic and intellectual development. Being a creative individual myself I believe it is a great cause, having a center built for the purpose of
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preserving the arts. The arts are evidently the first to be cut from the budget, the last to be restored, and often unavailable for low-income students. But why do we need art classes at all?
Cultivation of the arts improves the overall performance of students, including the fundamental academic subjects (Math, Science, and Literature). For scholars who took four years of art classes scored 91 points higher on their SAT exams, than those who took half a year or less.
In spite the fact that art education has been considered a bonus, uncomplicated creative activities can be some of the most important building blocks of a child’s development. Learning to create and cherish visual aesthetics is essential in the progression for every child. The arts will create a foundation for the next generation of children as they move on to a higher level of education.