Statistics And Facts

Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours for three days each week through at least one full year are:

  • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
  • 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
  • 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

Young artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to:

  • Attend music, art, and dance classes nearly three times as frequently
  • Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently
  • Read for pleasure nearly twice as often
  • Perform community service more than four times as often
  • Strong arts education builds a school climate of high expectation, discipline, and academic rigor that attracts businesses relocating to your community.

The facts are that art education…

  • Strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success.
  • Helps students develop a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
  • Can help troubled youth, providing an alternative to destructive behavior and another way for students to approach learning.
  • Provides another opportunity for parental, community, and business involvement with schools, including arts and humanities organizations.
  • Helps all students develop more appreciation and understanding of the world around them.
  • Helps students develop a positive work ethic and pride in a job well done.
  • Makes a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has proven to help level the "learning field" across socio-economic boundaries.
  • Helps students develop the mind and body by encouraging reflection and higher level thinking as well as active learning.
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