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Participation in arts programs decreases kids’ involvement in delinquent behavior, increases academic outcomes for disadvantaged children, and improves students’ attitudes about themselves and their future. [1]

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  • Studies show that students of the arts in all disciplines outperformed their non-arts peers on the SAT by 96 points. [2]
  • All told, nearly four million elementary school students do not get any visual arts instruction at school during their formative learning years. [3]
Quick Facts

In Defense of Keeping Art in Our Schools

While many public school systems have cut funding for the arts in an effort to save money, studies are now showing that cutting these programs has hidden costs, and can actually cost school districts money. Additional teachers and administration are needed to handle the disciplinary problems that arise when students don’t have an outlet to creatively express themselves. In fact, it has been proven that within two to three years of a school

cutting their arts programs, student morale and attendance decreased while vandalism and disruptions increased [6]. These disruptions can be avoided as teachers begin to understand how important it is to teach with creativity and incorporate art in many forms into their lesson plans. By incorporating components of the fine arts like theater, visual arts, dance and even music into the lesson plan, students have an opportunity to connect with math, science, and social studies in a whole new way - one that is often full of motivational tools that provide them with the confidence they need to succeed [7].

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Practice makes perfect - how the arts can perfect almost any subject

To get the most out of the arts, much like any other subject, it cannot be learned through occasional or random exposure. Steady, consistent practice is what provides the best results. And, when practiced regularly, there is neurological evidence proving that partaking in the arts is beneficial to other areas of learning. The arts strengthen neural systems that produce a broad spectrum of benefits that range from developing fine motor skills to creativity to improved self-esteem. The skills gained actually enhance the process of learning,

because they are developing a child’s sensory perceptions, attention span, cognitive abilities, motor skills and even nourishing their emotional being all at the same time. And, research proves that subjects such as math, science and language require the same complex cognitive and creative capacities that are typical of arts learning [8]. So, while it may take years for a child to fine-tune their artistic skills [9], they are also, without realizing it, fine-tuning their academic skills – making the time they put into the arts greatly worthwhile.

That’s the Sound of Learning

The benefits of music education have been studied for decades and consistently the results come back with a strong correlation between studying music and high academic results. Some studies even suggest that the longer a child studies music the better their academic marks [10]. It should also be noted that students that learn music have a noticeable increase in their reading, vocabulary and language skills. Learning how to contextualize a visual note with an audible note parallels the process of learning of language. For kids,

learning to read music can make verbal skills come easier, from understanding basic building blocks like the alphabet and definitions to reading and proper grammar. So, while some might argue that music education takes away precious time from learning the core subjects and might slow down a student’s progress – it is actually proven that music participation benefits students and is linked to higher academic achievement [11]. And all of this harkens back to one thing, self-esteem: the more a child studies music the better they do academically, which strengthens them emotionally and socially, and sets them up for a better, more well-rounded life [12].

Growing Independent Through Art

Children have their own world, and while we adults get to visit it from time to time, it is often the interactions amongst children themselves that can be most beneficial to building self-esteem. When children participate in creative activities with their peers, they give each other feedback, which helps them build self-esteem through acceptance of both praise and criticism [14]. As children partake in activities centered around making art they have a chance to make decisions and solve problems that they might not normally have the opportunity to do during structured learning. Even simply deciding what they will make and with what materials helps a child to build self-esteem through making independent decisions [15].

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Art is fundamental, unique to each of us…Even in difficult economic times especially in difficult economic times - the arts are essential.
Maria Shriver
Award-Winning Journalist and Author
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Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. Quote_arrow_green
Pablo Picasso
The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.
President Barack Obama
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When we nourish a child’s creativity, their mind opens and they begin to see the world and themselves a little differently. This month, CharitySub supports organizations that uplift children through the arts and creativity, building their confidence, improving their lives, and we need your help to make it happen!

Let’s shape confident creative kids together.

Apple Arts

Art Education in Shelters
Apple Arts

Apple Arts works to bring art to homeless children in New York City to help raise their self-esteem and confidence. Their art education programs inside of city homeless shelters shed a positive light on children, giving them an environment where they can learn to express themselves creatively.

Little Kids Rock

Revitalizing Music Ed in Public Schools
Little Kids Rock

Little Kids Rock restores music education programs across the nation. They donate instruments, train teachers, and design curriculum that uses popular music to motivate young musicians.

Publicolor

Paint & Design Programs
Publicolor

Publicolor runs seven different year-round programs designed to encourage learning through creativity. All of their programs help students stay engaged in academic experiences while learning a trade that can help get them through college.