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?

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.

High school students who take 4 years of arts and music classes score 91 points better on their SATs than students who take one-half year or less. – The College Board, 2009.

Students who participate in the arts, both in school and after school, are more active in community affairs than other students. – Dr. James S. Catterall, UCLA, 1997.

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

Arts-based learning nurtures motivation, including active engagement, disciplined and sustained attention, persistence and entrepreneurial risk-taking. – Critical Links, Arts Education Partnership, 2002.

Students receiving arts-based instruction for at least 3 hours on 3 days of each week are 3 times more likely to win awards for school attendance. – Dr. Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University, 1998.

More Arizona high school students are enrolled in dance classes than in band, orchestra or theatre. – Arizona Arts Education Census Project, 2010.

“The arts provide opportunities for youth from all backgrounds to do something positive with their talents and time.” – Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, 1998.

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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