Benefits of the Arts

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The Meaning of Design is Up for Debate. And That's a Good Thing

TIME Magazine Article by Clay Chandler, TIME International’s executive editor and chairman of Brainstorm Design

March 1, 2018
… Design can help bring order and coherence to the chaos of our hyperconnected world.

… In this new era, smart corporate leaders are embracing the idea that design can be a crucial differentiator. Only a decade ago, senior business executives tended to dismiss design as a second-tier function–a matter of aesthetics or corporate image best left to the folks in marketing or public relations. No more. Today design is widely acknowledged as a C-suite concern and a key element of corporate strategy.

… top business and design schools have introduced interdisciplinary programs to help students think more like designers and vice versa.

~ Chandler is TIME International's executive editor and chairman of Brainstorm Design

10 Reasons to Support the Arts

Here are a couple...

2. Improved academic performance. Students with an education rich in the arts have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, lower drop-out rates, and even better attitudes about community service—benefits reaped by students regardless of socioeconomic status. Students with four years of arts or music in high school average 100 points better on their SAT scores than students with one-half year or less..

3. Arts are an industry. Arts organizations are responsible businesses, employers, and consumers. Nonprofit arts organizations generate $135 billion in economic activity annually, supporting 4.1 million jobs and generating nearly $22.3 billion in government revenue. Investment in the arts supports jobs, generates tax revenues, and advances our creativity-based economy.

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Business and School Leaders See the Arts as Key to Preparing Students to Be Creative Workers for the Global Marketplace

Arts Facts . . . Preparing Students for the Workplace

Schools and employers rank a degree in the arts as the most significant indicator of a job candidate’s creativity and skills of innovation.

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What do Apple, GM, and P&G share? Design.

Companies increasingly are turning to design to boost the bottom line, but the transformation isn't always easy.

By Carol Strickland, / Correspondent / March 23, 2011 New York
“… incorporating art and design into business has become a key strategy for firms like Google, Pixar, Target, and Starbucks – even old-line giants like General Motors and Procter & Gamble. But teaching firms and business students to value novel ideas more broadly remains challenging. The Great Recession has made many companies more conservative. There's also a potential culture clash when MBAs, who know their way around a spreadsheet, intract with creative types bubbling over with free associations. Yet the potential is enormous…”

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