Educational Benefits

Current studies have shown that involvement in the arts promotes academic
achievement and increases self-confidence.  Kids who are involved in the arts read more often and are more involved in their communities.

The facts are that incorporating the arts in education:

  • Levels the learning field across socio-economic boundaries
  • Makes learning more interactive, creative and fun thus improving attendance
  • Strengthens problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Helps students develop goal setting, a positive work ethic and pride in a job well done
  • Assists at-risk youth by providing an alternative approach to learning
  • Gives students a greater appreciation for the creative process and the work of others
  • Provides exposure to the greater world outside their community


“Years of research show that an education that includes the arts is closely linked to almost everything that we as a state and nation say we want for our children: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement and equitable opportunity.”

Jorea MarpleFormer WV Superintendent of Schools

“In looking at the faces of our students throughout the program, it was easy to see an engagement level that was directly related to the high caliber of the performances and dancers they were watching.  If it were not for the ability of the Company to tour throughout West Virginia, many of our students would not be exposed to nor would they have the benefit of the cultural experiences represented…”

Dr. Joe SuperSuperintendent, Pleasant County Schools

Community & Economic Benefits

The Economic Impact of the Arts

  • The arts engine accounts for $166 billion in economic activity every year, generating:
  • 5.7 million full-time equivalent jobs
  • $104.2 billion in household income
  • $7.9 billion in local government tax revenues
  • $9.1 billion in state government tax revenues
  • $12.6 billion in federal income tax revenues

Investing in the Arts

  • Increased funding in the arts invests in an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, is the cornerstone of tourism and economic development, and drives a creativity-based economy.
  • Investment in non-profit arts generates a spectacular 7:1 return on investment. For every $1 of public support invested in the arts, $7 are invested in private support.
  • The arts create an immediate impact — every dollar of arts funding goes to work immediately creating jobs, attracting investment, generating tax revenue, and stimulating local economies through tourism and consumer purchases.
  • The performing arts draw more attendance than sports. 70% of Americans attend at least one performing arts event per year versus 53% that attend one sports event.
  • A strong arts and culture sector and a creative workforce attract and keep businesses in the community – it is one of the top ten attributes corporations look for in a new business site.

Educational Resources:
U.S. Department of Justice; YouthARTS Development Project;  National Endowment for the Arts; Americans for the Arts; Involvement in the Arts and Success in Secondary School-James S. Catterall; The UCLA Imagination Project, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies- UCLA; Americans for the Arts; Monograph; Living the Arts through Language + Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations- Shirley Brice Heath; Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation For the Advancement of Teaching. Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development – Arts Education Partnership; SAT Scores of Students Who Study the Arts: What We Can and Cannot Conclude about the Association, The Journal of Aesthetic Education-Kathryn Vaughn and Ellen Winner.

Community & Economic Resources:
Americans for the Arts; Economic Prosperity and the Creative Industries, Arts and the Economy, National Governors Association; National Endowment for the Arts Research Center; The Performing Arts Research Coalition