As you know, a HUGE part of our mission is working with educational organizations to assist them in incorporating the arts into their practices. This means we offered professional development to teachers, model lessons and arts experiences to students. We STRONGLY believe that one way to develop students for the 21st Century workplace they have to be able to problem solve, be innovative and creative thinkers. All skills learned through the arts. Last week, the Arts Education Partnership released their study titled, Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education. It explains beautifully why the work we do is so important.
From our Friends at Arts Education Partnership:
Every young person in America deserves a complete and competitive education that includes the arts. America’s global stature, culture of innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit depend on the strength of a world-class education system. Perhaps now more than ever—as the country becomes increasingly diverse, the world more interconnected, and the workplace more oriented around technology and creativity— arts education is key to such a system and to ensuring students’ success in school,
work, and life.
For this reason, the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) created ArtsEdSearch.org —the nation’s first clearinghouse of research examining the mounting body of evidence on the benefits of an arts education. Drawing on the research in ArtsEdSearch, this bulletin offers a snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school, bolster skills demanded of a 21st century workforce, and enrich the lives of young people and communities.
To view the full study in PDF format click here.