Students who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance. Children in low income families are far less likely to have the opportunity to participate in arts instruction both in and outside of school due to the cost (President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (2011).
At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school tend to have better academic outcomes, higher career goals and are more civically engaged. (NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth).
Children who have the opportunity to participate in the arts are better able to learn motor skills, spatial reasoning, math skills, language development, decision making, visual learning, inventiveness and cultural awareness and see an improvement in their academic performance.