Encore offers a variety of programs that extend arts education to elementary school aged students.
ARTS FOR KIDS ARE IMPORTANT
- Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.
- Arts and music education programs are mandatory in countries that rank consistently among the highest for math and science test scores, like Japan, Hungary, and the Netherlands.
- Music programs are constantly in danger of being cut from shrinking school budgets even though they’re proven to improve academics.
- The No Child Left Behind Act clearly mandates The Arts (music, art, foreign language, etc.) as a core academic subject.
- Federal funding for the arts and humanities rolls in around $250 million a year, while the National Science Foundation is funded around the $5 billion mark.
- Researchers find that sustained learning in music and theater correlates strongly with higher achievement in both math and reading.
- In a study of a high-poverty schools in Chicago, the schools that were participating in the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) made huge strides in closing the gap between high- and low-income students’ academic achievement.
- Multiple studies have concluded that curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help keep high-risk dropout students stay in school.
- New brain research shows that not only does music improve skills in math and reading, but it promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth.
- National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, “Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools.” The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Accessed February 28, 2014.
- “Lessons from PISA for the United States, Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education”, OECD Publishing, 2011. Web Accessed February 28, 2014.
- “Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, 1999-2000 and 2009-2010”,National Center for Education Statistics, 2012. Web Accessed February 2014.
- U.S. Department of Education, “No Child Left Behind, A Toolkit for Teachers.” Accessed February 28, 2014.
- Rebaudengo, Giuseppe. “Saving the Arts in our Nation’s Schools.” Thinking in Public. Accessed February 17, 2015. .
- Americans for the Arts. “SUMMARY OF KEY ADDITIONAL ARTS EDUCATION RESEARCH AND FACTS .” City of Providence. Accessed February 25, 2014
- Catterall, James S., and Lynn Waldorf. “Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education Summary Evaluation.” Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education. Accessed February 27, 2014
- National School Boards Association. “Prediction: Identifying potential dropouts.” The Center for Public Education. Accessed February 25, 2014
- Weinberger, Norman M.. “The Music in Our Minds.” Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, University of California. Accessed February 25, 2014
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