Yudhoyono Praises Creative Minds at National Student Art Competition

09 Oktober, 2012 | Source: The Jakarta Globe

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on the nation’s children on Monday to embrace the arts in order to become more rounded individuals.



Speaking to participants in the National Student Art Competition at the Cipanas Palace in Cianjur, West Java, Yudhoyono said that nurturing artistic hobbies and interests could “have a positive impact on an individual’s personality.”

“You must keep developing your artistic side,” the president said, flanked by his wife Ani. “A person with an artistic soul or one who loves art is someone who has a good personality, who loves peace and harmony, who is compassionate and who has respect for all.

“These are the kinds of values that we need to nurture in our children from a very young age.”

Yudhoyono himself has been known to show his artistic side.

He is an established songwriter and singer, having already released four albums.

The national competition was opened by Education Minister Muhammad Nuh, who said it was important to complement children’s cognitive and analytical skills with artistic skills and aesthetic appreciation.

He also said all children should have a chance to explore their creative side through the arts, in order to grow up as well-developed and well-balanced individuals.

The president and an entourage of ministers arrived at the Cipanas Palace on Monday to kick off the national final of the student art competition, in which 231 students from primary and junior high school are taking part.

The students are competing in song composition, poetry, painting, designing batik motifs and painting batik.

Yudhoyono said he was impressed by all the students’ work and praised them for making it past the provincial level of the art competition that has been held by the Education Ministry every year since 2006.

“As far as I’m concerned, you are all winners,” he said. “All your work is good and beautiful.

“It will be recorded and immortalized in a state document as a form of thanks, love and recognition for you who created this beautiful work.”

The president and first lady later posed for photographs with the children in the protected forest surrounding the palace.

Other officials present at the event included Mari Elka Pangestu, the minister for tourism and creative economy.

 

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