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Arts Education 'Transforms' Society, Studies Find

Arts Education 'Transforms' Society, Studies Find

Arts education may have the power to transform societies for the better.

Keeping the arts, including, music, theater, dance, visual, and more can be beneficial for students in a number of areas, says an article on HuffingtonPost.com.

Arts education, the article said, "increases employment rates by raising high-school graduation rates. Last year, high school graduates had a 3.5 percent lower unemployment rate than those without diplomas. And when exposed to arts education, students of all backgrounds are more likely to graduate," the article said.

According to research by Americans for the Arts, "low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are more than twice as likely to graduate from college as their peers with no arts education. Additionally, low-income students with a high participation in the arts have a dropout rate of 4 percent, in contrast to their peers with a low participation in the arts who have a dropout rate of 22 percent."

Students who had an arts education are "more likely to hold on to jobs and thus positively contribute to the economy," the article said. They also "are more prepared for the jobs of today and those of the future."

Americans for the Arts and Conference Board's "Ready to Innovate" report, the article said, showed that "72 percent of business leaders say that creativity is the number one skill they look for when hiring, and a subsequent report credits arts education as key to a student gaining that creativity."

The value of arts education, the article said, extends beyond private school. According to Adobe, the article said, "while 78 percent of college-educated Americans believe that creativity is important to their current careers, most found that they value creativity more as professionals than they expected to while in college. So arts education for adults--like taking a ceramics course, playing in a band, or even just attending performances--can positively affect job performance."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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