Today, arts and creative learning are essential to the future of our students.
In order to succeed in college, career, and life, America’s young people need a complete and balanced education that provides a broad range of skills and knowledge. They need the ability to think creatively, to collaborate, to create, and to solve complex problems—all skill areas that are developed through quality instruction in the arts.
Unfortunately, far too many of our public school students don’t have access to music, dance, theater, and visual arts as part of their school day.
If we are serious about boosting graduation rates, improving struggling schools, and giving our students the best opportunities to succeed and thrive, we need to make sure that every child in every school has equal access to the arts and creative learning.
Here are some key facts to help you make the case for more arts at your child’s school:
- Low-income students highly engaged in the arts are MORE THAN TWICE as likely to graduate from college than peers with no arts education.
- For English Language Learners (ELLs), gains in student language proficiency scores increase more than 10x with arts engagement in schools!
- At-risk students with access to the arts — inside or outside classrooms — do better academically, aim higher in their career goals and become more civically involved.
- Students involved in the arts feel less bored in school and watch fewer hours of TV at home!
- 72% of business leaders say that CREATIVITY is the number one skill they seek when hiring.
- Arts and creative learning supports the PERSONAL, ARTISTIC, CIVIC, and SOCIAL development of our nation's students.
- Students engaged in arts learning SCORE HIGHER ON THEIR SAT’S than peers with little school-day arts instruction!
- The arts INSPIRE students and promote growth in SELF-CONFIDENCE, EMPATHY, and increased SOCIAL TOLERANCE.