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Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts

February 25, 2017

Americans for the Arts research and resources

Each year Americans for the Arts puts together the top 10 reasons to support the arts. It is published on the AFTA site which you can download by CLICKING HERE.

Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts creates the list based on a survey collecting information from people across this country.

screen-shot-2017-02-15-at-3-12-41-pmThe arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts bring us joy, help us express our values, and build bridges between cultures. The arts also are a fundamental component of healthy communities, strengthening them socially, educationally, and economically—benefits that persist even in difficult social and economic times.

 

  1. Arts improve individual well-being. 63 percent of the population believe the arts “lift me up beyond everyday experiences,” 64 percent feel the arts give them “pure pleasure to experience and participate in,” and 73 percent say the arts are a “positive experience in a troubled world.”
  2. Arts unify communities. 67 percent of Americans believe “the arts unify our communities regardless of age, race, and ethnicity” and 62 percent agree that the arts “help me understand other cultures better”—a perspective observed across all demographic and economic categories.
  3. Arts improve academic performance. Students engaged in arts learning have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, and lower drop-out rates. The Department of Education reports that access to arts education for students of color is significantly lower than for their white peers, and has declined for three decades. Yet, research shows that low socio-economic-status students have even greater increases in academic performance, college-going rates, college grades, and holding jobs with a future. 88 percent of Americans believe that arts are part of a well-rounded K-12 education.
  4. Arts strengthen the economy. The arts and culture sector is a $730 billion industry, which represents 4.2 percent of the nation’s GDP—a larger share of the economy than transportation, tourism, and agriculture (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis). The nonprofit arts industry alone generates $135 billion in economic activity annually (spending by organizations and their audiences), which supports 4.1 million jobs and generates $22.3 billion in government revenue.
  5. Arts are good for local businesses. Attendees at nonprofit arts events spend $24.60 per person, per event, beyond the cost of admission on items such as meals, parking, and babysitters—valuable revenue for local commerce and the community. Attendees who live outside the county in which the arts event takes place spend twice as much as their local counterparts ($39.96 vs. $17.42).
  6. Arts drive tourism. Arts travelers are ideal tourists, staying longer and spending more to seek out authentic cultural experiences. Arts destinations grow the economy by attracting foreign visitor spending. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that, between 2003-2015, the percentage of international travelers including “art gallery and museum visits” on their trip grew from 17 to 29 percent, and the share attending “concerts, plays, and musicals” increased from 13 to 16 percent.
  7. Arts are an export industry. The arts and culture industries had a $30 billion international trade surplus in 2014, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. U.S. exports of arts goods (e.g., movies, paintings, jewelry) exceeded $60 billion.
  8. Arts spark creativity and innovation. Creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders—with 72 percent saying creativity is of high importance when hiring. The Conference Board’s Ready to Innovate report concludes, “The arts—music, creative writing, drawing, dance—provide skills sought by employers of the 3rd millennium.” Research on creativity shows that Nobel laureates in the sciences are 17 times more likely to be actively engaged in the arts than other scientists.
  9. Arts improve healthcare. Nearly one-half of the nation’s healthcare institutions provide arts programming for patients, families, and even staff. 78 percent deliver these programs because of their healing benefits to patients—shorter hospital stays, better pain management, and less medication.
  10. Arts and healing in the military. The arts are part of the military continuum—promoting readiness during pre-deployment as well as aiding in the successful reintegration and adjustment of Veterans and military families into community life. Service members and Veterans rank art therapies in the top 4 (out of 40) interventions and treatments.
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In Today’s News

February 17, 2017

NCCAS Releases Update on State Arts Standards Adoption

February 16, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has released a report entitled “The Status of Arts Standards Revisions in the United States since 2014.” The report is the result of an analysis of states who have revised their standards since the publication of the National Core Arts Standards in June 2014.

Screen Shot 2016-04-27 at 11.09.54 AMThe National Core Arts Standards for dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts, were created in a transparent inclusive process engaging over 130 arts educators as writers and 6,000 reviewers. These PreK-12 grade-by-grade standards were written to guide educators seeking to provide quality arts education for America’s students, define artistic literacy, and support 21st century skills and college and career readiness.

Commencing in January 2015, NCCAS member organization Americans for the Arts, in partnership with the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, began conducting the research culminating in this report. With the assistance of other NCCAS member organizations, Americans for the Arts interviewed and collected information from more than 270 individuals and organizations from across the nation, including state department of education arts curriculum directors, state arts agencies, and several other public sector partners with expertise in state arts standards revisions.

Jane Best, executive director of the Arts Education Partnership said of the report, “It is affirming to see so many states reviewing, revisiting, and renewing arts education standards. This is a meaningful step to ensuring that all children have exposure to the arts as part of a well-rounded education.”

The report may be downloaded from the resources section of the National Coalition for Core Arts standards interactive home at http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/content/resources.

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards is an alliance of national arts and arts education organizations dedicated to ensuring quality standards-based arts opportunities for all students. Members include the American Alliance for Theatre in Education; Americans for the Arts; Educational Theatre Association; National Art Education Association; National Association for Music Education; National Dance Education Association; NCCAS Media Arts Committee; and Young Audiences Arts for Learning.

Contact: Cory Wilkerson
Tel: 800-587-6814
Email: projectmanager@seadae.org

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AFTA Conference

February 15, 2017

San Francisco

screen-shot-2017-01-30-at-2-55-48-pmAs we start 2017, the arts—and your day-to-day work— remain as vital as ever. Whether it’s young students learning problem solving skills during their daily art class, communities brought together by locally-produced projects or veterans finding solace in art therapy, you understand how critical the arts are to our nation.

On June 16 – 18, arts professionals, community leaders, artists, and students are all invited to the 2017 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention to support creativity and discuss the future of art in our country. Join more than 1,000 of your colleagues in San Francisco and explore ways to encourage greater equity, access and activism in the arts!

Your 2017 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention will feature:
100+ speakers at 35+ sessions
3 keynotes
2 preconferences
10 ARTventure Tours across the Bay Area

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Register today to save up to $150 with our special Early-Bird registration rate—the deepest discount we have for Annual Convention! Early-Bird registration ends Wednesday, April 12, 2017 and is available online, by fax, or by mail.

REGISTER NOW BY CLICKING HERE.

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Vans and Americans for the Arts

October 1, 2016

Eight schools and funding

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-7-35-30-pmDeadline: November 2, 2016. Vans and Americans for the Arts are partnering once again to support arts education programs across the country with the Vans Custom Culture grant program. Eight schools will receive grants of $2,500 each in support of their music, visual arts, theater, and/or dance programs, and is supported by funds from sales of the winning shoe design in the Vans Custom Culture Art Competition. All public high schools (including charter schools) are eligible to apply during the application period, which runs September 21 through November 2, 2016.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

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National Arts in Education Week

September 4, 2016

What you can do

Screen Shot 2016-08-20 at 6.12.15 AMJoin Americans for the Arts in celebrating National Arts In Education Week from September 11-17, 2016. Take two minutes to issue a Letter to the Editor to your local papers and tell them why the arts matter in education!

Designated by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 names the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education and its supporters join together in communities across the country to tell the story of the transformative power of the arts in education.

In 2016, it is a particularly important time to celebrate arts education, as we usher in a new chapter of American educational policy with the new Every Student Succeeds Act and its many arts-friendly provisions. In the new law, the arts remain a “well-rounded” subject and are empowered to be central to a child’s education in our public schools.

Our municipal, education, and state leaders need to know about the impact the arts have on young peoples’ lives and that they must support the arts in every district and every school in America. Write a letter to the editor now to tell them how and why the arts matter in education!

After sending in your letter, you can join the movement of thousands of arts education advocates celebrating National Arts in Education Week. Contribute to the visibility campaign on social media during the week of September 11-17, 2016 by using the hashtag, #BecauseOfArtsEd. People from all walks of life can share their story of the transformative power of the arts in their own education and the impact the arts have had on their work and life.
Post on Facebook. Tell the world your #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Facebook. Describe what you are doing now in work and life and how arts education has a positive impact with a photo! Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek, too.
Send a tweet.  Share your quick #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Twitter. Be sure to include an image or video along with #ArtsEdWeek.
Share a photo. Post your favorite arts education photo on Instagram along with your #BecauseOfArtsEd story about the impact of arts education on your life. Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek.
Be sure to do your part to advocate to our decision makers and bring attention to the cause of arts education!

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National Arts in Education Week

August 21, 2016

Save the dates

Screen Shot 2016-08-20 at 6.12.15 AMCelebrate this year’s National Arts in Education Week! September 11–17, 2016

Designated by Congress in 2010, the third week in September is a national celebration of the transformative power of the arts in education. Over the course of September 11–17, celebrate arts education in events across the country; advocate to federal, state, and local decision-makers; and participate in visibility campaigns on social media using #ArtsEdWeek. Americans for the Arts will also host a series of professional development opportunities on ArtsU. For more information, contact Arts Education Program Manager Jeff Poulin at jpoulin@artsusa.org.

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL ARTS & HUMANITIES MONTH

Screen Shot 2016-08-20 at 6.14.57 AMThe arts are a part of our lives every day, but we take all 31 days in October to commemorate the arts in a big way! National Arts & Humanities Month is the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the United States. October may seem far away, but it’s never too early to start planning the celebration in your community. Our website offers resources and tools to establish a Do-It-Yourself Community Visioning Forum, host a Creative Conversation, or partner with a local arts venue on an open house or a special performance. Follow NAHM on Facebook for the latest updates on the national celebration, including a special social media challenge coming October 1, and to share your ideas and events with our followers.

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Americans for the Arts

August 8, 2016

Web resources

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 12.15.35 AMAmericans for the Arts has many resources on their website that I recommend. They envision that arts education as an integral part of everyone’s lives. From their web page on arts education…

Americans for the Arts envisions a country where everyone has access to—and takes part in—high quality and lifelong learning experiences in the arts, both in school and in the community. What can we do together to ensure that the next generation receives a well-rounded education that includes the arts?

Below is one chart that they’ve made available. Access American for the Arts education material by CLICKING HERE.

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