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DoSomething | 11 Facts about Arts in Education

  1. Students who participate in arts programs are at least three times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, elected to class office within their schools, participate in a math and science fair, win an award for school attendance and win an award for writing an essay or poem.
  2. Third grade art students who participated in the Guggenheim Learning Through Art Program performed better in six categories of literacy and critical thinking skills – including thorough description, hypothesizing and reasoning – than did students who were not in the program.
  3. Studies show that students of the arts in all disciplines outperformed their non-arts peers on the SAT by 91 points in 2009.
    Numerous studies affirm that students who receive music education in school improve their SAT and ACT scores in math, foreign language and creative writing.
  4. In a 2009 report done by New York City, only 33% of students take music classes.
  5. Out of 160 middle schools in Brooklyn, 26% of schools don’t even offer music education.
  6. Nine out of ten parents surveyed opposed cuts to the arts in our schools, yet many policy makers seem tone-deaf to this critical part of educating our children.
  7. Employment in arts-related jobs are set to rise 16% through 2016, which is faster than the national average in most fields.
  8. In a report released by the National Endowment of the Arts in 2008, the amount of people who attended at least one arts event was 34.6%, down about 5% from six years prior.
  9. Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity every year.
  10. The not-for-profit arts and culture industry generates 5.7 million jobs every year.
  11. About 86% of artists vote in comparison with about 60% of all Americans.




The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.