Programs incorporating the arts have proven to be educational, developmentally rich, and cost-effective ways to provide students with the skills they need to be productive participants in today’s economy.
Following is an Issue Brief published by NGA (National Governance Association) Center for best practices, which highlights essential information and research facts on The Impact of Arts Education on kids and future economy.
The arts provide one alternative for states looking to build the workforce of tomorrow—a choice growing in popularity and esteem. The arts can provide effective learning opportunities to the general student population, yielding increased academic performance, reduced absenteeism, and better skill building. An even more compelling advantage is the striking success of arts based educational programs among disadvantaged populations, especially at risk and incarcerated youth.
This Issue Brief provides examples of arts-based education as a money- and time-saving option for states looking to build skills, increase academic success, heighten standardized test scores, and lower the incidence of crime among general and at-risk populations. It offers examples drawn from states that are utilizing the arts in education and after-school programs, and it provides policy recommendations for sta
tes looking to initiate or strengthen arts education programs that improve productivity and foster workforce development.
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