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?

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

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.

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.

134, 203 Arizona students attend a school without any access to arts instruction provided by a highly qualified arts teacher. – Arizona Arts Education Census Project, 2010.

Arizona students receive 55 minutes of music and visual arts instruction per week, in contrast to dance and theatre, which never exceed an average of 15 minutes per week. – Arizona Arts Education Census.

Children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory compared to children who do not receive musical training. – Dr. Laurel Trainor, McMaster University, 2006.

Students receiving arts-based instruction for at least 3 hours on 3 days of each week are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. – Dr. Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University, 1998.

93% of Americans agree the arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education for children. – Harris Poll, 2005.

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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