Arts Advocacy

Since you’re here, we figure you care about the arts and arts education as much, if not more, than we do. Here are some concrete facts about arts education that you can rely on when defending the need for arts education at your school.

Here’s the big problem.

Arts education, a critical component of Elementary, Middle, and High School education, is underfunded in public schools in the greater Los Angeles area. There is a growing, increasingly unmet, need for arts education in our community. Students are being underserved, and are at-risk of less positive outcomes as a result.

Why is this problematic? Does the world need more painters, writers, and artists? Perhaps. But more importantly, the arts play a critical, and proven, role in the overall development of our children.

Six Major Facts About Arts Education

1. Arts Education has a measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and truancy problems. (YouthARTS Development Project, 1996, U.S. Department of Justice, National Endowment for the Arts, and Americans for the Arts).

2. Arts Education increases overall academic performance among those youth engaged in afterschool and summer arts programs targeted toward delinquency prevention. (ibid)

3. When low-income and ELL (English Language Learners) students were tracked into their twenties, they were found to have done better when having attended “arts-rich” vs. “arts-poor” schools. (Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art, Catterall)

4. High school students who earned many arts credits were five times more likely to graduate than students who earned few or no arts credits. (The Arts and Achievement by At Risk Youth, Catterall, 2012)

5. Arts-engaged high school students enrolled in colleges—and in four-year colleges in general—at higher rates than did low-arts-engaged students. (ibid)

6. Students who had intensive arts experiences in high school were three times more likely than students who lacked those experiences to earn a bachelor’s degree. They also were more likely to earn “mostly A’s” in college. (ibid)

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