Did You Know? Young people who participate in the arts for at least 3 hours on 3 days each week through at least 1 full year are:
1. 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
2. 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
3. 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
4. 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
5. 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem
Information Courtesy of: "Living the Arts through Language + Learning: A report on Community-Based Youth Organizations", Shirley Brice Heath
The Arts Contribution to Education The arts - dance, music, theatre, and visual arts - contribute to students' education in many ways. Here are four major areas, each of which is an important component for success:
1. Basic abilities. In early grades, the arts help develop basic mental and physical capabilities that allow students to learn and live better.
2. Ways and Means. Participation with the arts helps students develop methods and habits of mind that help them succeed in many areas.
3. Knowledge and skills. The arts themselves are important to understand - they surround us everyday - and when connected with other subjects, they can make learning easier, more meaningful, and fun.
4. Working and connecting. The arts teach students ways to connect and communicate with others in our society, critical skills in our interconnected world.
Information Courtesy of: "How the Arts Contribute to Education," Association for the Advancement of Arts Education (www.aaae.org)
Did You Know? The arts teach kids to be more tolerant and open.
* The arts allow kids to express themselves creatively.
* The arts promote individuality, bolster self-confidence, and improve overall academic performance.
* The arts can help troubled youth, providing an alternative to delinquent behavior and truancy while providing an improved attitude towards school.
Information Courtesy of: Americans for the Arts (http://www.americansforthearts.org)