The AI Generation: Necessity of the Arts survey

Assessing the Arts' Crucial Role in Shaping Children's Skills for the AI-Driven Future

In a world where artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming the landscape of work, education, and daily life, preparing our children for the future has never been more critical.

As a polymath with a passion for the intersection of education, science, technology, and the arts, I've embarked on a research journey to uncover the potential of arts education in cultivating the necessary skills for the next generation to not only survive but thrive in the age of AI.

Words Jake Hopking
3 Nov 2023
A sculpture by Yayoi Kusama — one of her polished chrome pumpkins with colourful dots in various sizes adorning the mirrored surface — at Kusamayayoi Museum in Tokyo, Japan

The Study: Arts Education in the Age of AI

Our research, titled "Competitive Skill Sets for Children in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: The Imperative Role of Arts Education" delves into how disciplines such as photography, design, painting, and performing arts can foster a suite of soft and hard skills—from creative problem-solving to spatial intelligence. These are the skills that AI cannot replicate and will be paramount for the workforce of tomorrow.

Why Your Voice Matters

Your experiences, insights, and opinions are invaluable. Whether you're an educator shaping young minds, a parent nurturing your child's growth, or a policymaker steering the course of educational reform, your perspective is the key to unlocking a well-rounded understanding of arts education's impact.

The Survey

We've crafted a survey designed to capture a wide array of views on the role of arts in education. It's not just about gathering data—it's about listening to stories, challenges, successes, and hopes. It's about building a narrative that resonates with the collective desire to equip our children with the tools they need for a future where AI is a steadfast companion.

How You Can Participate

Participating is simple. The survey consists of 31 thoughtfully constructed questions and will take approximately 15-20 minutes of your time. Your responses will remain anonymous and will directly contribute to a body of research that we believe can influence educational policies and home education practices globally.

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Nurturing Tomorrow: The Essential Role of Arts in Education

As we stand at the crossroads of an evolving educational landscape, shaped by the relentless march of technology and artificial intelligence, the role of arts in nurturing the next generation becomes not just relevant, but critical. It is with this understanding and a sense of urgency that I reach out to you—educators, parents, policymakers, and advocates for the future of our children.

A Call to Action

This is more than just a survey; it's a platform for your voice to be heard, a beacon to guide the path of educational reform. We invite you to engage with us, to share your insights and experiences. Let this survey be the catalyst for a broader dialogue, one that resonates through your networks and communities. Discuss with your colleagues, deliberate with friends, and let us weave together a tapestry of ideas that can inform and enrich our approach to education.


Your participation is a gift, one that carries the promise of a brighter, more balanced future. By contributing your perspective, you are helping to anchor the arts firmly within the educational narrative, ensuring that they play a pivotal role in developing the empathetic, creative, and critical thinkers of tomorrow. For this, I am profoundly grateful.


The journey does not end with the closing of the survey. This is merely the beginning. Stay connected with this blog for ongoing updates, findings from the research, and opportunities to continue this vital conversation. Your engagement is the cornerstone of this endeavour, and together, we can craft a future that celebrates and elevates the human spirit through the power of the arts.

Your voice, your participation, and your advocacy are the sparks that will ignite this change. Thank you for joining us on this journey.

— Jake Hopking and the Elkli & Hart team 🦌

Beyond the Survey: Questions to Ponder

How Will the Arts Redefine Innovation in the AI-Dominated Future?

The fusion of arts within the educational framework could potentially revolutionise the concept of innovation as we know it. Arts education fosters an environment where creative inquiry is not just encouraged but is a fundamental aspect of learning. This could lead to a paradigm where children develop the ability to perceive and solve problems through a lens that values aesthetic, empathetic, and systemic thinking. In an AI-dominated landscape, these skills could become the differentiators that empower children to become not just consumers of technology but shapers of it. The arts could instil a sense of balance between human intuition and machine efficiency, nurturing a generation of innovators who are as comfortable with a paintbrush as they are with a keyboard.

What Can Unite Parents and Educators in Championing Arts Education?

The synergy between parents and educators is a cornerstone in elevating the status of arts education. This collaboration could manifest in various forms, from parent-teacher initiatives that introduce children to art at a young age to community-led programs that integrate technology and art. By working together, parents and educators can create a robust advocacy platform that underscores the value of arts education in developing well-rounded individuals. This partnership could also extend to policy advocacy, where the collective voice demands educational reforms that prepare children not just for the job market, but for a life of intellectual and emotional fulfilment. The arts, in this sense, become a shared language through which the community communicates its vision for the future.

Where Lies the Untapped Potential at the Intersection of Creativity and Technology?

The intersection of artistic creativity and technological fluency holds a wellspring of untapped potential. As we look to the horizon, the question becomes not just how we can prepare children for the known challenges of tomorrow but also how we can equip them to navigate the unknown. The arts, with their inherent capacity to foster innovation, critical thinking, and adaptability, could be the key to unlocking this potential. By integrating arts education with technological fluency, we can cultivate a generation that is prepared to harness the power of AI while maintaining the creative and ethical standards that define our humanity. This convergence could lead to new industries, novel solutions to complex problems, and a deeper understanding of the role technology plays in our lives. It's a future where the value of an idea is not just in its logical execution but in its ability to inspire, connect, and transcend.

Power of Art Series

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