Life cycle skill formation is dynamic in nature. Skill begets skill; motivation begets motivation. Motivation cross-fosters skill, and skill cross-fosters motivation. If a child is not motivated to learn and engage early on in life, the more likely it is that when the child becomes an adult, he or she will fail in social and economic life. The longer society waits to intervene in the life cycle of a disadvantaged child, the more costly it is to remediate disadvantage.
According to nobel prize winner, PhD. James J. Heckman, Cognitive abilities are important determinants of socioeconomic success. So are socioemotional skills, physical and mental health, perseverance, attention, motivation, and self-confidence.
Arte Pro empowers children and youth in vulnerable situations, such as those born in prision and other environments permeated by abuse, prostitution, and violence. As a consequence, they grow experiencing fear, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, feelings of neglect and guilt among many others which result in antisocial behaviour, violence, low or no impulse control, difficulties communicating and interacting with others, and ultimately criminal behaviour. See who we care for
Since 2014, Arte Pro empowers children born in prison and other vulnerable situations through practicing art and mindfulness. Its ludic approach to esthetic and mindfulness provides tools for self-reflection and introspection, creating a space of personal dialogue that promotes self-reliance, self-respect, respect for others, forming thought, confidence and potentiating self-esteem.
Children in the program develop confidence, and social-emotional skills that give them equal opportunities and enable them to become powerful change agents for their community.
ART & HEALTH
We focus on the actual needs of every child and collaborate with neuroscience specialists, child development specialists, psychologists, pedagogues, doctors and healthcare professionals to ensure the holistic approach of our program.
Our methodology is based on results of scientific studies that measure the impact of including art in people’s lives:
- Music prevents stress-induced increases in subjective anxiety, systolic blood pressure, and heart rate. (Knight, 2001)
- Viewing museum objects and exhibits may allow visitors to obtain insight about their lives, and combining this with opportunities for creating their own artwork may lead to further introspection. (Silverman, 2010)
- Dance and movement has benefits of motor activity, stress and anxiety can be relieved, and can be used to promote well-being. (Stuckey, 2000)
- The use of art history enrichment in art therapy has effects on anxiety, time on task, and art product quality. (Miller C., 1993)
James Heckman won the Nobel Prize in economics for his research on the effects of early intervention. His work proved significant improvements in the future development of children and society. Education and influence is more effective in younger children, when the brain has not finished developing. It has been found that early intervention has a causal effect on:
- Academic performance
- Educational progression
- Reduction in incidence of crime
- Professional Success
Early intervention can also be applied indirectly through parents of vulnerable children. Our program draws attention to mothers of the children in vulnerable situations, which has indirect positive effects on their children. In general, early intervention programs seek to stimulate the creative abilities of children, their work and competence in team play.