The Artistic Edge

I stumbled upon The Artistic Edge somewhere in social media land and when I clicked over to their site, I was floored. Their passion for promoting arts education for kids is goosebump-inducing. I am 100% in agreement with their belief that arts education in childhood leads to more innovative, successful, and creative leaders in the future.

I’ve never been much of an extrovert, and when put into competitive situations, I tend to shut down. I’ve always relied on my creativity to come up with different ways of doing things. This has served me in ways that have less to do with my ability to get noticed, and more to do with how I’ve learned to solve problems. 

I truly believe that if it weren’t for the lessons I learned in the art room and making art on my own, I would never have found the strength to really explore life. My confidence came in the form of quietly trying new things -on my own terms- and focusing and persisting even when situations became frustrating. (See my Art Teachers Answer 1 Question post on this topic.)

This is how kids can be given an edge to get ahead in tomorrow’s world- and this is what The Artistic Edge book is explaining and breaking down into understandable concepts. All kids have the ability to take skills they learn in arts education and use those skills to succeed. We, as parents and educators have to provide them with the opportunities.

I posted about Arts Advocacy Day last week, and then was lucky to catch some of the Google+ hangout with Yo-Yo Ma, and a panel that included Lisa Phillips, who is the author of  The Artistic Edge. She’s brilliant and insightful, and was a great addition to that panel- check out the recording here if you missed it.


The Artistic Edge started as a blog and then released a book called The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World by Lisa Phillips.



From their site:

This book explores why leadership skills taught through the arts are what young people need most to be successful in life. Competition for jobs is fierce and global and the current state of the world requires an ability to constantly adapt to change. Is the coming generation ready to face the realities of life after school? Education in the arts should not be reserved for the talented few, but promoted as the means for all children to develop skills in: creative thinking, confidence, problem-solving, accountability, relationship building, communication, adaptability and dreaming big. Lisa’s book explores how to give children a competitive edge by giving them an artistic one!

What I appreciated about the book is that it’s full of practical advice for parents to help encourage the creative growth of their kids, as well as signs to look for in kids who demonstrate important skills- like confidence, communication, problem-solving to name a few.

My copy of the book is all marked up and ready to be referred back to from time to time. I’m not big on parenting books per se, but I put this more into the life skills category.

Please click here to order your copy (signed by Lisa Phillips!) of The Artistic Edge, and I receive a small percentage of the book sales. As always, I never promote things on my blog I’m not passionate about.

You can follow the Artistic Edge on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Are you all jazzed up and want to read more? Lisa Phillips was featured twice in the Washington Post:

Top 10 Skills Children Learn From the Arts

Why We Love Artists But Not Arts Education

What do you think?


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  1. This is awesome! I have never heard of this.

    Thx so much for the introduction!

    A signed copy is great!

  2. I have to get this book! Thank you Jeanette! I will share share share it on facebook too:) We need people to understand the importance of art for youngsters. Our school systems do not get it. Hopefully parents can raise their voices one day.

    • Thanks for the share share share! I’m actually starting to see some glimmers of people realizing how it has not been a good idea to get rid of the arts in our schools- I think it might be slowly swinging the other way, but maybe that’s just because I’m so focused on the whole issue now. Fingers crossed!

  3. It sounds like an excellent book. I’m looking for ways to keep my children’s natural creativity open as they get older, and I run out of both ideas and energy/motivation way too easily.

  4. It sounds like a good book but it is going to stress me out as a parent? I hate those scare-tactic parenting books about missing out and ruining your child’s life.

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