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Why the Arts Matter

The arts teach critical skills – thinking for oneself, creating new ideas, working in teams, being innovative and imagining future technologies.

According to Richard Florida, the Heinz professor of economic development at Carnegie Mellon University, nearly half of the U.S.’s economy is generated by “the creative class” – but with public schools reducing arts education, opportunities for young people to develop needed creative skills are disappearing. That hurts all of us

Take a look at some of the research:

  • The College Board reported that high school students who take arts classes have higher math and verbal SAT scores than students who take no arts classes
  • A Dana Foundation study found that dance & music positively impact brain development in young children, particularly coordination and literacy
  • UCLA Imagination Project research concluded that the arts greatly impact the developmental growth of a child and equalize socioeconomic boundaries
  • A joint study between the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Endowment for the Art (NEA) showed that the arts have a measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and truancy while also increasing overall academic performance

The importance of the arts stretches far beyond today’s quality of life – into the skills of future generations and the future of our society.