Arts to Grow favorite ARTblog from Americas for the Arts published on October 18 by answering many times asked question why arts education should be supported?
I recently authored a post titled The Top 10 Ways to Support Arts Education, but I’m finding that I get more requests from people asking for reasons why arts education should be supported, not how.
So as a companion piece to the how of supporting arts education, here I offer reasons why arts education should be supported.
Usually, when making the case for arts education, I direct people to resources like the recent Reinvesting in Arts Education report by the President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities. It compiles all of the classic arguments in favor of arts education: it boosts student achievement, it increases student engagement, and it helps to close the achievement gap.
My colleague Randy Cohen has also offered reasons to support arts education in his Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts post. He, too, cites academic achievement, but he also mentions the role of arts education in preparing students with 21st century job skills, like communication and creativity.
However, this post is not about what arts education does in terms of other achievement areas. Rather, it is about what the arts intrinsically do for students.