Christopher Gergen and Stephen Martin blog about the importance of arts education to the future of North Carolina:
“Several major studies over the past two decades have shown that studying the arts helps kids learn – and nurtures the critical thinking skills they’ll need later on to help tackle our state’s biggest challenges.”
“According to Americans for the Arts, young people who devote significant time to the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. They are three times more likely to win an award for school attendance.
Young artists perform community service more than four times as often as peers. Steady exposure to the arts has also been shown to have measurable impact on at-risk youth, deterring behavior problems and raising academic performance.
And then there’s the power of the arts to unlock creativity in the business and social sectors.
In April, a statewide Arts Education Commission, appointed last year by the General Assembly, issued a report that highlights the impact of the arts on creativity and innovation, both key drivers for economic growth and thriving communities. The biggest obstacles to increasing involvement in arts education: funding, facilities – such as studios and performance areas – and “perceptions that arts education should not be a priority,” the commission report said.”
The authors cite N.C. Arts Council Board member Rob Pulleyn of Marshall as an example of a creative entrepreneur encouraged by arts education:
“Pulleyn credits the mindset of experimentation and persistence he developed as an artist for much of his business success. “The arts inform a sense of entrepreneurial skill,” Pulleyn says.”
Read more at the News and Observer online.