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.

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

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

Arts participants develop strength, resiliency and self-image allowing them to participate in society on healthy terms. – Robert K. Ross, M.D., The Power of Art: Pathways to Healthy Youth Development, 2006.

“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.

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

Arts participants are half as likely to have new court referrals as non-participating youth. – YouthARTS Development Project, Department of Justice, 2000.

Students receiving arts-based instruction for at least 3 hours on 3 days of each week are 4 times more likely to participate in math and science fairs. – Dr. Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University, 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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