“Art and music have taken particularly hard hits with school funding cuts…Portland Public Schools has cut 26 art and music teachers in two years.”
“Just 1% of elementary schools provided coursework in the theatrical arts and 2% of students attended an elementary school where theatrical arts were taught.”
“Lack of arts education opportunities disproportionately affects students from low-income households, who usually cannot afford private lessons, summer, camps, and other community arts opportunities.”
“…the arts contribute to the development of academic skills, including… mathematics…researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles found students with high arts involvement performed better on standardized achievement tests than students with low arts involvement.”
— from Critical Evidence, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, 2006.
“The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.”
— Barack Obama
“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
— Steve Jobs, in introducing the iPad 2 in 2011
“In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities…. the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.”
— Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
— Albert Einstein
“The arts significantly boost student achievement, reduce discipline problems, and increase the odds students will go on to graduate from college. As First Lady Michelle Obama sums up, both she and the President believe ‘strongly that arts education is essential for building innovative thinkers who will be our nation’s leaders for tomorrow.’”
— Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
A Mt. Everest amount of research states the pervasive and critical role of the arts in human development.
Here is but a short reading list to get you started…
The Dana Foundation
“How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition”
Harvard Educational Review
“Arts with the Brain in Mind”
“Art May Keep Our Brains Healthy”
The School Superintendents’ Association
“How the Arts Develop the Young Brain”
The Huffington Post
“Study Says Making Art Is Good For Your Brain, And We Say You Should Listen”
National Endowment for the Arts
“Links between Arts, Learning, and Neuroscience Examined in New NEA Report”
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- Diminished arts experiences in schools.
- Live musical accompaniment.
- Math musical.
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