Arts in Education is vital to children in school. The arts help children gain critical life skills, including creativity, problem solving and leadership, while also helping them with their social and cognitive development. Below are some great articles to read about arts-in-education:

Art Makes You Smart
By Brian Kisida, Jay P. Greene and Daniel H. Bowen
The New York Times

Expanding access to art, whether through programs in schools or through visits to area museums and galleries, should be a central part of any school’s curriculum.

Why Arts Education Matters
By Lynda Resnick
Huffington Post

Art is the level playing field – no matter how rich or poor, tall or short, pretty or ugly to the bone, if you can draw, you can find personal fulfillment and build self-confidence.

The Importance of Art in Child Development
By Grace Hwang Lynch
PBS Parents

Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development.

Why Arts Education is Crucial, and Who’s Doing It Best
By Fran Smith

Yet against this backdrop, a new picture is emerging. Comprehensive, innovative arts initiatives are taking root in a growing number of school districts. Many of these models are based on new findings in brain research and cognitive development, and they embrace a variety of approaches and hands-on arts instruction.

Arts Education Matters: We Know, We Measured It
By Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida, Cari A. Bogulski, Anne Kraybill, Collin Hitt and Daniel H. Bowen
Education Week

Arts advocates can no longer rely on weak studies that simply compare students who participate in the arts with those who don’t. Skeptics can correctly wonder whether the research truly demonstrates that the arts make people awesome, or if awesome people are simply attracted to the arts. To convince skeptics of how the arts can influence a student’s trajectory, future studies will have to adopt rigorous research designs that can isolate causal effects.

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