A new study came out this week from the National Art Education Association. According to the study students who participate in the arts both in school and after school demonstrate improved academic performance and lower dropout rates – 22% lower. Low socioeconomic status students with a high participation in the arts have a dropout rate of only 4%.
Students who are involved in the arts succeed in school. They are four times more likely to participate in an art and science fair; three times more likely to win an award for school attendance; four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be elected to a class office.
Low income students who are highly engaged in the arts are more than twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education.
For teachers, instructors and artists this is not groundbreaking news. However, one of my jobs is to educate the public about the benefits of the arts so I wanted to share this with you. Holmes Elementary in Ypsilanti currently has no budget for art supplies. Call them today and make a donation. 734-221-2100. Your help could change a child’s life.