• Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.

    - Leonardo da Vinci -

    Art Education Facts!

    Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days each week through at least one full year are:

    • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
    • 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
    • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
    • 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
    • 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

    Young artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to:

    • Attend music, art, and dance classes nearly three times as frequently
    • Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently
    • Read for pleasure nearly twice as often
    • Perform community service more than four times as often
    ("Living the Arts through Language + Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations," Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation For the Advancement of Teaching, Americans for the Arts Monograph, November 1998)

    Businesses understand that arts education...

    • builds a school climate of high expectation, discipline, and academic rigor that attracts businesses relocating to your community
    • strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success
    • helps students develop a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond
    • can help troubled youth, providing an alternative to destructive behavior and another way for students to approach learning
    • provides another opportunity for parental, community, and business involvement with schools, including arts and humanities organizations
    • helps all students develop more appreciation and understanding of the world around them
    • helps students develop a positive work ethic and pride in a job well done

      (Business Circle for Arts Education in Oklahoma, "Arts at the Core of Learning 1999 Initiative") 
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