Talking Points

Make an even stronger case for the arts in your classroom and school with these talking points.

Arts education resources

The arts are essential to the education of our students. Participation in the arts correlates to academic success in other subjects like math, science, and reading and better performance on standardized tests such at the SAT. (Champions of Change: The Impact of Arts on Learning, Arts Education Partnership)

The arts prepare students to succeed in an economy driven by knowledge and ideas. They provide the 4 Cs -- critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity -- that are essential to a 21st century workforce.

Arts programs decrease drop-out rates and encourage students to stay in school. Youth who participate in the arts are much more likely to be high academic achievers and excel in extracurricular activities. (Involvement in the Arts and Success in Secondary School, Americans for the Arts)

The arts provide a clear pathway to the task of reaching the whole child. The arts address the development of students through concrete experiences, from teaching a young child to cut and skip to helping young adults develop the ability to think abstractly and perform professionally.

The connection of the arts to emotion and collaborative process directly addresses the social and emotional needs of students. The arts provide safe places to express ideas while developing pride through the accomplishment of authentic work that is shared with an audience.

92 percent of superintendents and 94 percent of principals in Illinois agree that the arts are an essential part of a well-rounded, quality education. Despite this, 1 in 5 schools report no arts programming in visual arts, theatre, music, or dance. (Arts at the Core: Every School, Every Student, Arts Alliance Illinois)