“Every young person in America deserves a complete and competitive education that includes the arts. Perhaps now more than ever—as the country becomes increasingly diverse, the world more interconnected, and the workplace more oriented around technology and creativity— arts education is key to such a system and to ensuring students’ success in school, work, and life.”— The Arts Education Partnership – a division of the Council of Chief State School Officers
There is a body of research that shows when children participate in the arts, test scores improve, motivation increases, school attendance improves, and much more. At Paul L. Dunbar Arts Enrichment Academy in Cleveland, school attendance rose 13% in grades 4-8 when Progressive Arts Alliance was in the classroom speaking art.
In recent studies, The Arts Education Partnership (2013) shows that art prepares students for success by:
- Boosting literacy and English language arts
- Advances math achievement
- Engages students in school and motivates them
- Develops critical thinking
- Improves school culture