Students with high participation in the arts have higher test scores and graduation rates. Arts in education, developing creativity and critical thinking, grows a more innovative and competitive workforce. Students highly involved in the arts are three times more likely to graduate high school and have higher test scores than their peers with no arts involvement. These outcomes are even more pronounced for low-income students. Arts and culture can play a critical role to reach the community-wide goal of 55,000 Degrees.
Schools remain critical to a young person’s education, but so too is the learning happening in arts and culture spaces such as museums, libraries, afterschool sites, community centers, at home, and online. In today’s fast-paced environment, a new model is necessary to provide children and families with easy access to meaningful and rewarding experiences wherever they are, especially in marginalized communities.