Art Education Advocacy

The No Child Left Behind Act’s definition of core academic subjects includes the arts.

In this respect, the arts were given equal billing with reading, math, science, and other disciplines. And this definition could lead to a huge improvement in national education policy. This means that whenever federal education programs (such as teacher training, school reform, and technology programs) are targeted to “core academic subjects,” the arts may be eligible to receive funds.

Did you know?

That 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.

89% of Americans believe that arts education is important enough to be taught in schools.

  • The arts teach kids to be more tolerant and open.
  • The arts allow kids to express themselves creatively.
  • The arts promote individuality, bolster self-confidence and improve overall academic performance.
  • The arts can help troubled youth, providing an alternative to delinquent behavior and truancy while providing an improved attitude towards school.

Read more facts about Arts Education at www.AmericansfortheArts.org.

Student Advocacy 

  • The Arts are exercise for the brain. Scientific studies prove that 30 minutes a day with a creative activity builds “dendrites,” (brain connectors). The arts make us smarter.
  • The Arts make us more careful observers. This helps us to become better at sports, spelling and math by being able to recognize subtle differences.
  • The Arts help us to understand the history of the world. Artists left visual images before there were cameras.
  • The Arts develop imagination.
  • The Arts make different cultures unique and gives us a greater understanding of others.

Ask students to tell their parents about a particular concept they are studying in art or music. Reward the ones who do. This will begin a dialogue about the arts at home. 

Resources 

Robert Benson, President of the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education (AAAE) Robert is the Arts Director for the Peoria Unified School District. In 2011 he began his term as AAAE President. The Alliance is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington D.C. It is a 30-year-old 501C3 coalition of organizations and individuals who work to develop and support policies and practices to ensure every child has access to a quality arts education. For more information, please call 602.264.0299, or visit www.artsed.org

Arts Education Partnership is a national collation of arts, education, business, philanthropic, and government organizations that demonstrates and promotes the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child and the improvement of America's schools. For more information on the Arts Education Partnership and Critical Links, please visit www.aep-arts.org.

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