The Choice is Art

Exposure to the Arts means
Higher SAT Scores

Exposure to the Arts means
Increased School Attendance

Exposure to the Arts means
Lower Dropout Rates

Robert Booker: The Choice is Art

Robert Booker, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts

Did You Know?

Among 11 subjects offered in high school, superintendents rank arts activities in the top 4 that are most likely to develop creativity. – Ready to Innovate, 2008.

Arts participants demonstrate increased ability to express anger appropriately, communicate effectively and work cooperatively with others. – Youth ARTS Development Project, Department of Justice, 2000.

34% of Arizona’s rural schools do not have a highly qualified arts teacher, compared to 15% of suburban schools. – Arizona Arts Education Census Project, 2010.

Employers (56%) and superintendents (79%) agree that a college degree in the arts is the most significant indicator of creativity in prospective job candidates. – Ready to Innovate, 2008.

Students receiving arts-based instruction for at least 3 hours on 3 days of each week are 3 times more likely to be elected to class leadership positions. – Dr. Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University, 1998.

Only 8% of Arizona schools repot having adequately equipped facilities for dance. – Arizona Arts Education Census Project, 2010.

Employers rate “creativity/innovation” among the top 5 skills required of employees, and rank finding employees who possess those skills among their top challenges. – Ready to Innovate, 2008.

“You can’t teach kids algebra if they don’t want to live.  And art appeals to life.  It appeals to the part of the brain where imagination lives.” – William Strickland, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh.

The Choice is Art Campaign

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Aligned and embedded within the Arts Commission’s strategic plan, The Choice is Art is a 4-year promotional campaign for the arts in Arizona, meant to:

  • Advance the cultural conversation in Arizona,
  • Grow public understanding about the broad-spectrum benefits of arts programs and increase arts participation in Arizona communities, and
  • Fortify a privately-held arts endowment whose funds can be utilized in support of statewide arts programs. This endowment, Arizona ArtShare, was established in 1996 and is held by the Arizona Community Foundation.

The Choice is Art’s first focus is the importance of access to arts education. Over four years the campaign will evolve to address the following: the significant contributions of Arizona artists and arts professionals, the positive impact of the arts on community health and livability, the broad economic impact of the arts and culture sector, and the singular role of the arts in promoting cultural understanding.

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