Benefits of Arts Education

“The arts must be at the heart of every child’s learning experience if…
they are to have a chance to dream and to create, to have beliefs, to carry a sense of cultural identity.”
James D. Wolfensohn, former chairman of The Kennedy Center

 

Recent Studies about Art Education

Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement 

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) and the AEP commissioned Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement in response to the needs of arts professionals and nonprofessionals alike for accurate and concise information that reflects the current state of knowledge about arts learning and student achievement.

The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released a research report indicating several positive outcomes with high levels of arts exposure for youth of low socioeconomic status. According to a study led by James S. Catterall of four separate longitudinal studies, at-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school appear to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement than at-risk students who do not.

 

Articles and other recourses for information about the importance of Arts Education

 

Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who’s Doing It Best

The Effect of Theater Education

Top 10 skills children learn from the arts