Why do you need an arts education?
There are so many reasons, and many of us don't even need one beyond the fact that an art class can be an exciting change from the rest of our day. But here are few studies that show there are, in fact, quite a few more serious reasons to spend some time as an art student.
- A 2005 report by the Rand Corporation called " A Portrait of the Visual Arts" argues that art education does more than just give students a creative outlet. It can actually help connect them to the larger world, ultimately improving community cohesion. http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/monographs/2005/RAND_MG290.pdf
- A 2002 report by the Arts Education Partnership revealed that school children exposed the arts are often more proficient at reading, writing and math. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/education/2002-05-20-arts.htm
- The 2006 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Study on Art Education shows a link between Art Education and improved literacy skills. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/27/books/27gugg.html?_r=0
- A 2010 study of Missouri Public schools in found that greater arts education led to fewer disciplinary infractions, higher attendance, graduation rates and test scores. https://www.missouriartscouncil.org/graphics/assets/documents/b657d9f1adfc.pdf
- In "Neuroeducation: Learning, Arts and the Brain," Johns Hopkins Researchers shared findings showing that arts education can help rewire the brain in positive ways. http://www.dana.org/Publications/ReportDetails.aspx?id=44335
- A strong arts education offers students experience in "risk management" through the practice of making independent decisions regarding creative outcomes. http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/champions/pdfs/champsreport.pdf