Why Arts Education?


“Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up.” 
- Pablo Picasso



Arts in Education Sparks Success:


Students who participate in the arts are...

  • 4 times more likely to have been recognized for academic achievement 
  • 3 times more likely to be elected to class office 
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair 
  • 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance 
  • 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem 


Source: Dr. Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University, for Carnegie Foundation for The Advancement of Teaching 



Missouri Student Outcome
Transformed by Arts Education


Student participation in arts education in Missouri school districts is related to higher standardized test scores, higher attendance and graduation rates, and lower disciplinary rates according to a report released by the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE).  Learn more about Arts Education outcomes in MO schools...



Arts Education Ignites Lifelong Skills in Youth:


Critical thinking, communication and creativity; skills that are essential to success in life, are developed and enhanced by an arts rich education. Learn more about Arts Education and 21st Century Skills… 



Students Discover New Views
of the World and Themselves 


Participation in the arts results in decreased involvement in delinquent behavior, increased academic achievement and improved youth's attitudes about themselves and their future.  Studies examine the effects of arts education on students’ social and academic skills.