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This mixed-methods phenomenological study explores aesthetic education and the visual arts as an intervention for students who have learning disabilities to enhance reading as measured by standardized test scores, self-concept scores, and through interviews that investigate students' self-esteem, self-concept, motivation, and self- efficacy. Participants range between the ages of 10 and 11 and are in grades four and five. The study investigated seven children's feelings about themselves and towards reading before and after the intervention. The research study is aimed to determine whether using the visual arts and an aesthetic education intervention in reading helps children with learning disabilities read more effectively by having the opportunity to express themselves artistically. Moreover, the visual arts and the use of an aesthetic education in the core curriculum is not readily available for children in the elementary grades in most public schools in the United States. The focus of this study is on children in a small rural town in North Eastern Montana of mixed demographics and socio-economic status. While not intended to be an exhaustive literature review, this research highlights important findings that correlate aesthetic education and the visual arts with reading acquisition within this small and rural community of children with learning disabilities. Further, the study explores self-concept through the authentic expression of individuals and the phenomenon and lived experiences from the intervention of their cohort. From this research, I hope that educators and policymakers will reconsider how aesthetic education and the visual arts can influence educational practices and policies and use the arts in the public schools again as part of a core curriculum.