Former Duke University basketball star and art collector Grant Hill has signed on as a campaign spokesperson for The Choice is Art, a promotional campaign of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Hill now plays forward for the Phoenix Suns.
Already airing on Cox Media television stations, Hill is featured in a donor-sponsored public service announcement where he supports the benefits of the impact an education that includes the arts can have on the lives of students. “The arts teach skills like discipline, dedication and teamwork. And for kids struggling with academic, social or family challenges, the arts can change lives,” Hill said.
Research supports the value of an arts education as part of a comprehensive curriculum. Benefits of arts education for students include improved academic performance, greater leadership and social skills, advanced creative problem solving skills and overall enhanced ability to compete in a 21st century workforce.
From 1990 to 1994, Hill played for Duke’s Blue Devils. The team won consecutive NCAA titles during Hill’s freshman and sophomore years. In his junior year, Hill led the Blue Devils in scoring with 18.0 points per game and earned the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation’s top defensive player. In his senior year, Hill showed his leadership as he took Duke to the national championship game against Arkansas.
Hill has shared his love of art by sharing his personal favorites in a traveling exhibition called Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African American Art, which was on display several years ago at the Nasher Museum located on Duke’s campus.
To learn more about the N.C. Arts Council’s education programs, visit: http://www.ncarts.org/arts_education.cfm.