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Re: Specific info on importance of the arts.....

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Michelle Vidro (ggoose)
Tue, 4 Nov 1997 16:14:45 -0700

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WOW! This couldn't have come at a better time! I am getting ready for a
school site council meeting in a couple of weeks for my art program and to
try to get some money and support. I'm going to read this to them at the

Thanks so much! Keep it coming!

>A few of you have asked for SPECIFIC info on the importance of art
>education (perhaps for research). I received awhile back the October
>California CTA magazine....CALIFORNIA EDUCATOR...which has 10 FULL (!)
>pages devoted to the arts. I'm going to quote some of it for you here so if
>you're not interested...delete now!
>"Nationally, entertainment is an industry that provides about 1.3 million
>jobs per year, according to the 1994 report ARTS IN THE LOCAL ECONOMY
>published by the National Assembly of Local Arts agencies. The report says,
>"The economic dimensions of the nonprofit arts sector are extensive at $36
>billion. It jumps to $314 billion when the commercial arts sector is
>added." Rexford Brown of the Education Commission of the States estimates
>that out of a classroom of 30 children, 10 will perhaps be employed in an
>arts-related occupation someday. Even if we discount the other benefits of
>including arts in the curriculum, how can we ignore a segment of the
>curriculum that will make our students eligible to fill these jobs?"
>Page 14 of C.E......
>"Recent studies hae shown that art can help students do better on college
>entrance exams. According to the 1995 College Board Profile of SAT and
>Achievement Test Takers, students who have had a least four art courses
>score 59 points higher in verbal and 44 points higher in the math college
>entrance exams than those who have had no art courses."
>Page 14 of C..E......
>"Psychologist Frances Rauscher of the University of Wisconsin and physicist
>Gordon Shaw of the University of California at Irvine found that
>preschoolers who were given keyboard lessons and did group singing scored
>higher on tests measuring spatial reasoning, a skill used later in math,
>science and engineering. They also found that the music lessons resulted in
>higher spatial reasoning scores than equivalent instruction in computer
>"Elementary school children involved in the Spectra+ arts program in Ohio
>out-scored a control group in reading skills (both vocabulary and
>comprehension) and in math comprehension."
>"In the New York City LEARNING TO READ THROUGH THE ARTS program, students
>improved an average of one to two months in reading skills for every month
>they participated."
>"In Los Angeles, high school students at every academic level who enrolled
>in the Humanitas Program, which incorporates the arts into a broad
>humanities curriculum, wrote higher-quality essays, showed more conceptual
>understanding and more interdisciplinary references than the non-Humanitas
>group. Both low-achieving and high-achieving students showed benefits from
>Hope some of this helps those of you doing research in this area.
>Bunki Kramer
>Los Cerros Middle School
>Danville, California 94526

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