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?

Direct participation in art-making leverages individual life skills. – Powerful Voices: Developing High-Impact Arts Programs for Teens, Surdna Foundation, 2002.

Student participation in arts-based learning increases school attendance and educational aspirations. – Critical Links, Arts Education Partnership, 2002.

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.

“To prepare our children for the creative economy they need a comprehensive education.” – The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent, Richard Florida, 2005

For young people, quality high school speech/theatre programming develops heightened historic, cultural and social awareness through adulthood. – McCammon and Saldaña, Lifelong Impact, 2010.

For young people, quality high school speech/theatre programming develops empathy and emotional intelligence through adulthood. – McCammon and Saldaña, Lifelong Impact, 2010.

Arizona schools, on average, spend less than half a penny a day per student on arts supplies. – Arizona Arts Education Census Project, 2010.

75% of Arizona schools participate in arts-based field trips. – Arizona Arts Education Census Project, 2010.

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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