Lola's Lab featured in Washington Parent Magazine!
Our philosophies are featured in this exciting article in the Washington Prarent Magazine all abotu arts enrichment!
Arts enrichment activities in school - like drawing a diagram to represent a scientific concept or writing a short story for a history lesson - give children a great opportunity during the school day to explore interests that are often thought of as extracurricular. Not only can these activities be learning tools for some students in the classroom, they can be avenues for further connection to the arts.
Lola Lombard is the founder of the year-round arts day camp, Lola's Laboratory in Arlington, which is just one of the many after-school arts enrichment programs available in the metro area. At Lola's Lab, students explore stories through various mediums, including drama, creative writing and invention.
"The goal of Lola's Lab is to foster imaginative, kind and flexible thinkers in a fun and supportive environment where ideas are not judged and artistic risk-taking is encouraged," says Lombard, mother of 11-year-old Annabelle, who aspires to be an artist and performer.
After school arts programs like those at Lola's Lab and the National Conservatory of Arts, have proven to be worthwhile for many areas of children's lives. The Arts Education Partnership lists a number of lasting benefits for children involved in arts programs, including perseverance, cross-cultural understanding and appreciation, and creative community building.
Lombard notes some additional benefits she has seen through her own program.
"Arts enrichment can be a huge asset to a child's development, providing skills and experiences that are critical in life," she says. "By fostering a child's personal expression and growth, they can be happy, confident, expressive, flexible individuals in their community.
Children need to know that the uniqueness of their ideas matter at every age," says Lombard. "The creative products that are expressed by a child give him a lasting example of the unique effect they have upon the world. This creative process produces a person who is wise, open-minded and confident."
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