15% higher GPA. Students involved in art or music throughout high school had average GPAs exceeding 3.0, as compared to students with no art or music classes averaging GPAs below 2.6

SAT Scores

Students who took four years of arts outperformed their peers who had one half-year or less of arts by 58 points on the verbal portion and 38 points on the math portion of the SAT.


Schools that integrate theater, art, and music into the curriculum rank high on comprehension and collaboration with parents and community.

School Attendance

Dropout prevention can be lower significantly by providing community based art programs outside of the school experience.  These extracurricular programs have demonstrated repeatedly that students stay in school longer.

Academic Awards

Students who study the arts are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.

Graduation Rate

Schools with the highest graduation rates also had the greatest access to arts education and resources.

College Acceptance

High school music and art students were 2 times more likely to continue their study in college and applied to more colleges.


Multiple studies have demonstrated that music students have stronger neural connections in the brain, better information processing, and better motor coordination.

Memory and Recall

Students involved in music showed greater increases in full-scale IQ scores and better working memory.

Citizenship into Adulthood

Young people who had intensive arts experiences demonstrated higher levels of volunteering and civic engagement than young adults who did not.

Professional Careers

Several recent studies have concluded that the creativity and innovation utilized in the artistic process will be highly valued by employers in the coming years as we continue to shift into a global economy.

Mental Health

Recent controlled studies shows therapeutic benefits of the arts and music on mental health and mental well-being.

Problem Solving

Reasoning ability, intuition, perception, imagination, inventiveness, creativity, problem-solving skills, and expression are among the thought processes associated with study of the arts.


Responsibility, personal goal setting, creating schedules, practice, repetition of tasks, and working toward completion are all character types developed in the arts.
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Patience and Respect

Research implies that students who participate in group art activities such as theater, dance, music, or choir tend to develop team respect and patience for their peers.


Certain arts activities promote growth in positive social skills, including self-confidence, self-control, conflict resolution, collaboration, empathy, and social tolerance.

Social Skills

The arts play a key role in developing social competencies among educationally or economically disadvantaged youth and create stronger positive social skills.

Less Anxiety

Participation in the arts helps students and adults to overcome social fears of interacting with others and leads to less anxiety.


The arts can have significant positive impacts on the mind and body. From reducing stress to improving quality of life, art is a powerful health tool that is helping people of all ages worldwide.

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