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Cultural Arts improve academics in Spokane schools.
Cultural Arts (in Education)

  • When the arts are a strong component of the school environment, the drop-out rate and absenteeism decline. A 10-year study of community-based youth organizations found that youth participating in programs with arts activities were twice as likely to win an academic achievement award, 4 times more likely to participate in a science or math fair, and 8 times more likely to receive a community service award.
  • The arts helped produce critical thinking, nimbleness in judgment, creativity and imagination, cooperative decision making, leadership, high level of literacy and communication and the capacity for problem posing and problem solving.    (The Presidentís Committee on the Arts and Humanities research)
  • Students who have studied the arts for more than 4 years outperform the other students on the SAT.   (College Boards)
  • Unfortunately, arts and music programs are often the first to be cut when education budgets are reduced.