Benefits of the Arts

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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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The Creativity Crisis

For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it.

Newsweek : July 10, 2010

“...The necessity of human ingenuity is undisputed. A recent IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the No. 1 “leadership competency” of the future. Yet it’s not just about sustaining our nation’s economic growth. All around us are matters of national and international importance that are crying out for creative solutions, from saving the Gulf of Mexico to bringing peace to Afghanistan to delivering health care. Such solutions emerge from a healthy marketplace of ideas, sustained by a populace constantly contributing original ideas and receptive to the ideas of others…”


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