- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In a 2009 report done by New York City, only 33% of students take music classes.
- Out of 160 middle schools in Brooklyn, 26% of schools don’t even offer music education.
- 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.
- Employment in arts-related jobs are set to rise 16% through 2016, which is faster than the national average in most fields.
- 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.
- Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity every year.
- The not-for-profit arts and culture industry generates 5.7 million jobs every year.
- About 86% of artists vote in comparison with about 60% of all Americans.