Arts education is critical to the growth of Minneapolis’ economy. The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities found that art education helps prepare students for the globally competitive workforce by developing the ability to innovate, communicate and collaborate. The 2013 Minneapolis Creative Vitality Index (CVI) indicates that creative industries provide more than $700 million to the Minneapolis economy and employ nearly 20,000 in the city. Providing consistent and deep arts education programming and engaging arts experiences will help ensure that students are ready for any career they choose to pursue upon graduating from Minneapolis Public Schools.

Research shows that students who receive quality arts instruction and regular engaging art experiences during their K-12 education are more successful than their peers academically and socially. This success is measured in increased test scores, engagement, empathy, and collaboration, as well as reduced drop out rates and higher post-secondary completion.

According to a 2010 CBS News Poll, 95% of Americans consider the arts to be important to providing a well-rounded education for children and a critical link to learning and success. Research Professor Dr. Shirley Brice Heath at Stanford University discovered in 2005 that young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours three days each week for at least one full year are, in comparison to non-arts participating peers:

•    4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement;
•    4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair;
•    3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance, and;
•    4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem.

Put simply, the arts fuel our local economy; the majority of people consider the arts a vital part of public education; and we have evidence that arts education helps students excel in school.

Learn more about the impact of the arts in these research studies.

Sources:
President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools. Washington, DC, May 2011
City of Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Creative Index 2013. Minneapolis, MN 2013
President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, op. cit.
Brice Heath, Shirley. “Strategic thinking, learning environments, and real roles.” Human Development. 48:350-355 (2005). Print.