The ground breaking Arts Education Program (drama, art, dance and music) in existence for 13 years, and currently in all 530 elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School system, is in serious jeopardy of extinction. Please read the following fact sheet written by drama teacher Anne Flanagan and feel free to pass it along, tweet this link, and take any of the actions suggested at the end of the post. 750,000 elementary students thank you.
WHY TEACH THE ARTS?
Young people who participate in the arts are:
- 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
- 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
- 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
- 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
- Perform community service more than four times as often
(Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation For the Advancement of Teaching; 1998)
- makes a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has been proven to help level the “learning field” across socio-economic boundaries.
- has a measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and truancy problems while also increasing overall academic performance among those youth engaged in after school and summer arts programs targeted toward delinquency prevention.
(Youth ARTS Development Project, U.S. Department of Justice, 1996)
Businesses understand that arts education…
- builds a school climate of high expectation, discipline, and academic rigor that attracts businesses relocating to your community.
- strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success.
- helps students develop a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond. (“Arts at the Core of Learning Initiative”; Oklahoma Business Circle, 1999)
CEOS KNOW THAT…
· Creativity is the most important leadership quality to look for in their workers. (“Capitalizing on Complexity”; IBM, 2010)
· One out of six jobs in Southern California is now in the creative industries; and the creative economy is the second largest regional business sector. (Otis College of Arts and Design, 2009)
· In Los Angeles and Orange County, the creative economy generates nearly 1 million in direct and indirect jobs, $140 billion in sales and receipts, and more than $5.1 billion in state and local taxes. (Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; 2009)
"That all sounds great, but what about test scores?"
Arts education raises test scores!
A 2008 study by the non-profit organization The Education Commission of the States concludes that arts can play a critical role in improving the academic performance of students. In a national sample of 25,000 students, those students “with high levels of arts-learning experiences” earned higher grades and scored better on standardized tests than those with little or no involvement in the arts—regardless of socioeconomic status. Learning through the arts also appears to have significant effects on learning in other disciplines, with “students consistently involved in theater and music showing higher levels of success in math and reading.”
YOU CAN SAVE ARTS EDUCATION!!
LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy; 333 S. Beaudry Av., LA, CA 90017; 213-241-7000
Members of the LAUSD School Board http://laschoolboard.org/
Your City Council Member http://lacity.org/lacity/YourGovernment/CityCouncil/index.htm
County Supervisor http://bos.co.la.ca.us/
California Legislators (Assembly and Senate) http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html
Governor J. Brown http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php
MORE Information and Resources:
Local: Arts for LA http://www.artsforla.org
State: CA Alliance for Arts Education http://artsed411.org
National: Arts Education Partnership http://aep-arts.org
"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create."
President Barack Obama