A Diverse Range of Performing Arts to empower, support, assimilate and challenge individuals, groups, organisations, communities and cultures.
Evidence Based Research:
Positive signs of support for the arts in education are visible everywhere. Consider these recent developments:
• In the federal No Child Left Behind Act, also known as NCLB, the arts share equal billing with reading, math, science, and other disciplines as “core academic subjects,” which can contribute to improved student learning outcomes.
• Forty-nine states have established content and/or performance standards that outline what students should know and be able to do in one or more art forms; 43 states require schools or districts to provide arts instruction.
• Schools integrating the arts into the curriculum as part of a comprehensive education reform strategy are documenting positive changes in the school environment and improved student performance.
• The American public, by an overwhelming margin, believes the arts are vital to a well-rounded education; more than half rate the importance of arts education a “ten” on a scale of one to ten.
-Critical Evidence. How The Arts Benefit Student Achievement.
“New Harris Poll Reveals That 93% of Americans Believe That the Arts Are Vital to Providing a Well-Rounded Education,”
“A growing body of studies, including those in the research compendium Critical Links, presents compelling evidence connecting student learningin the arts to a wide spectrum of academic and social benefits. These studies document the habits of mind, social competencies and personal dispositions inherent to arts learning. Additionally, research has shown that what students
learn in the arts may help them to master other subjects, such as reading, math or social studies. Students who participate in arts learning experiences often improve their achievement in other realms of learning and life. In a well-documented national study using a federal database of over 25,000 middle and high school students, researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles found students with high arts involvement performed better on standardized achievement tests than students with low arts involvement. Moreover, the high arts-involved students also watched fewer hours of TV, participated in more community service and reported less boredom in school.”
– Critical Evidence. How The Arts Benefit Student Achievement.