· Art gives students a voice in learning and telling their stories.
· Art develops empathy, kindness, and cross cultural understanding.
· Art strengthens students’ ability to collaborate and problem solve.
· Art encourages risk taking and flexibility.
· Art nurtures hope and resiliency.
· Art develops in-demand employees with high career goals.
· Art builds creative, innovative students who can think outside the box.
· Art cultivates tomorrow’s leaders.
· Students who have arts are more likely to pursue and succeed at post-secondary education.
· Students who have arts consistently test higher in math and reading
· Students who have arts have significantly better attendance rates.
· Students who have arts are more engaged and motivated.
"Why art?! We’ll tell you why. And, we can prove it." by Merryl Goldberg, Jun 07, 2017 ArtsBlog
San Antonio ranks near the bottom in national brainpower study | A new Business Journals study ranks San Antonio No. 90 among 102 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas in terms of collective brainpower. According to the report, 43 percent of schools in the greater San Antonio area were given a letter grade of either “D” or “F.” The full report can be found here.
Report: S.A. schools losing ground | 2014 article By Maria Luisa Cesar and Francisco Vara-Orta regarding the release of Children at Risk’s 2014 report, which ranked school districts using test scores, graduation rates and their ability to serve economically disadvantaged children, among other factors.
School Arts Education and Developing Audiences for the Future | 2012 San Antonio Area Foundation research regarding budget cuts and the lack of arts education programs in San Antonio and Bexar County.
The State of Pre-K: Realities and Opportunities in Texas | In 2011, Texas’ 82nd Legislature made historic cuts to the public education budget totaling $5.4 billion. In 2012, Children at Risk conducted a comprehensive research study to provide an objective assessment of the impact on students and classrooms across the state of Texas.
SA2020 Goal is 85 % of students meeting Level II satisfactory on 3rd grade Reading STAAR Test.http://www.sa2020.org/dashboard/progress_type/education/71/
A presentation by theArtsFund 2013-Developing Our Youth Through Arts Education.pdf
Arts and Education Research Brief-Kronkosky Charitable Foundation
SCHOOL ARTS EDUCATION AND DEVELOPING AUDIENCES FOR THE FUTURE- San Antonio Area Foundation