Ginnie Lupi, executive director of the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, recently expressed the importance of arts education in schools. Arts are not “extras”, but it is integral to students academic successes across disciplines. Ginnie reviews that according to research, students who participate in the arts for at least three hours a day, three times a week for at least one year are:
- 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.
- 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem.
- 4 times more likely to participate in a math or science fair.
- 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools.
Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, many arts programs have been viewed as “extra” and have been cut. Arts to Grow deeply understands the importance of arts education, in schools, taught by teaching artists. This year, we served our 2000th students. But we can aim to do more. Join us!