Research shows that arts education significantly improves
academic achievement and school culture—especially student motivation, attitudes, and attendance. Yet over 6 million students across America do not have access to arts education. That’s why this September, with students back in school, Americans for the Arts is launching a special campaign to spread the word about the importance of the arts, and to bring arts education to kids who need it the most.

The campaign will benefit Americans for the Arts and Turnaround Arts, a program based on the premise that high-quality and integrated arts education can strengthen school reform efforts, boost academic achievement, and increase student engagement in schools facing some of the toughest educational challenges in the country. These organizations work every day to ensure that students have equitable access to arts education no matter their zip code.

There is a growing body of evidence that is measuring the positive impacts of incorporating the arts in education. Researchers have found that children who participate in the arts grow and thrive much more expressively than the children who don't have the arts in their lives. Through arts education, children learn collaboration, practice problem solving, engage in risk-taking, boost their self-esteem, and experience higher rates of academic achievement.  In fact, children who are highly engaged in the arts are four times more likely to graduate from high school and go onto college.

Today is your moment to demonstrate the power of the arts. You can help ensure every child in America has access to arts education by supporting Americans for the Arts and Turnaround Arts. Any amount is appreciated.

About Americans for the Arts – Americans for the Arts helps parents, students, teachers, and arts supporters nationwide advance arts education by providing case-making research and resources like the Arts Education Navigator, which gives anyone the tools they need to be a champion for arts education in their own community.

About Turnaround Arts – The Turnaround Arts program, founded in 2011 under the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities during the Obama Administration, uses arts education as a tool in school reform for the nation’s most under-served public schools. Now led by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Turnaround Arts fuels whole-school transformation – aimed at impacting every hallway, every classroom, every staff member, and every student in the school – through ambitious and strategic arts investments. Turnaround Arts brings arts education programs and supplies to schools in 38 school districts and 17 states and the District of Columbia to help schools improve attendance, parent engagement, student motivation, and academic achievement.

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