Arts Education Matters

The arts are critical for developing 21st Century skills, student engagement, creative expression, and play an important role in the educational development of students.

Research shows, for instance, that arts education closes the opportunity and achievement gaps between underserved students and those with greater access to resources.

Students with a high level of arts engagement from kindergarten through sixth grade have higher test scores in writing and science by their 8th grade year. Having access to arts education also reduces the drop out rate for at-risk students from 1 in 4 (25%) to 1 in 25 (4%).

Making the arts part of every child’s education helps ensure that students are college, career and citizenship ready.

Take Action: Find out more about why arts education matters and what you can do on our SMARTS Parents for the Arts Network webpage at:

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