Arts Education is a Student Right

All too often, schools are reducing or even eliminating courses related to the arts. When these subjects are neglected, so are the students who would benefit from them. Seeing as how students perform better when exposed to the arts, arts education is their right.

Students in schools serving affluent communities have greater access to all arts disciplines. Schools serving higher concentrations of students from low-income families and majority-students-of-color populations face more barriers (e.g., funding, teacher professional development, supplies, and facilities) to increasing arts instruction.

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Elementary students receive less than one hour of instruction per week in music or visual arts, if that discipline is offered at all. Schools often lack dedicated classroom space and quality supplies and equipment. inadequate funding remains the most significant barrier to increasing access to arts education.

Students with an Arts Education Are:
  • 5 times less likely to drop out of school
  • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • 3 times more likely to receive a bachelor degree
  • 30% more inclined to pursue a professional career

Let Others Know

  • Share these findings with your school and community leaders.
  • Advocate for financial resources and curricular time for arts education directly to school principals, board members, and superintendents.
  • Join a local parent or community group and share information on the role of arts education in increasing student achievement, engagement, mental health, and preparation for jobs of the future.
  • Speak out on the value of well-trained, certified arts educators and prepared substitutes working in student art programs.
  • Contact your representatives in the state legislature and ask them to increase funding for state programs that support the arts as part of a well-rounded education.
  • Contact your Congress members and ask them to increase funding for federal programs.
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