In music, Solo and Ensemble Festival for individuals, small groups, and bands is in full swing, plus, who doesn’t look forward to a summer concert in the park? The visual arts competitions and juried art shows are a staple in the spring and summer with many already being held. Dance competitions continue as spring moves on. Photography and textile juried shows, exhibits, and competitions abound in the spring and summer.
What do these events have to do with a blog about giftedness? A great deal. These are areas of creativity, skill, expression, and the affective domain that tie into giftedness. A person who is gifted in the arts or athletics and truly exhibits the dedication, passion, and emotion of their field is just as in need of gifted services and programming as their academically gifted peers. Furthermore, the arts and athletics impact brain development in gifted children, youth, and adults.
Our culture appears to idolize athletes. The truly gifted athlete is much more than a good player. There are specific characteristics the gifted athlete exhibits. Gifted artists, musicians, dancers, and other performing and visual artists also have specific characteristics that define them way beyond a person who takes good photographs, or plays the piano well.
Below are a few resources to explore when looking into giftedness in areas outside of academics and traditional school-based areas of focus.
Art and the Brain
Gifted and Talented Students in the Visual Arts
Gifted Athletes, Artists, and Musicians
Gifted Self-Efficacy and Athletics
Performing Arts Instruction for Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted Children
Dana Foundation Report: Learning, Arts, and the Brain
WATG’s Creativity Guide
Young Photographers Alliance, An organization that was created to inspire and empower young gifted photographers.
There are some school districts, or consortiums of school districts, or other groups offering magnet schools for students gifted in the arts. Following are some of them. There are, of course, many more around the country.
The Governor’s School for the Arts, Norfolk, VA
The Governor’s School Programs: Summer Residential Governor’s Schools, VA
Science and Arts Academy, Des Plaines, IL, An Independent School for gifted children from preschool through middle school focused on academic abilities, creative talents, and emotional growth.
High School of Art & Design, New York, NY
Professional Performing Arts H.S., New York, NY
Renaissance School for the Arts, Appleton, WI
Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Booker T. Washington H.S. for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX
The Sports and Medical Sciences Academy, Hartford, CT, focuses on learning for students who are interested in the expanding sports and sports medical sciences fields.