We are not about art for art’s sake, we are about art as a tool for change.
Like Albert Einstein, many of the world’s greatest scientific and entrepreneurial minds also identify as artists. Artistic participation reaches beyond disciplinary and economic limits, acting as a catalyst for social change and enabling innovative agents to construct a more viable tomorrow.
“Like Einstein, many of the great minds in science, engineering, and medicine have subscribed to the idea that all knowledge is connected and have actively participated in the arts and humanities alongside their scientific pursuits. For example, the work of Robert and Michelle Root-Bernstein has shown very strong correlations between leadership in science and engagement with arts and crafts avocations.
In a 2008 study, [they] found that very accomplished scientists were significantly more likely to engage in arts and crafts and identify as artists than average scientists and the general public.”
YOUTH AND ARTS
Research shows that arts engagement leads to success. Arts programs in schools and in communities are losing funding and disappearing. It is more critical now than ever before to ensure our youth have continued access to the arts. Research shows that the arts are a powerful tool.
“If youth participate in high-quality arts programs, then they will develop specific skills and competencies which lead to a set of intermediate outcomes (able to engage and be productive, to navigate, and to make connections with others), which in turn lead to a set of long-term outcomes (resiliency, self-efficacy and personal fulfillment, and community engagement) that together constitute life success.”
(Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project’s Theory of Change)
The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth finds that in particular,socially and economically disadvantaged youth who have high levels of arts engagement or arts learning show more positive outcomes in a variety of areas than their low-arts-engaged peers, such as community involvement, better grades and higher rates of college enrollment and attainment.
“Research has shown that students from low socioeconomic backgrounds who have arts-rich experiences are more likely to achieve key positive outcomes—academically, socially, and civically—compared with their peers who lack access to arts experiences.”
-(The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies – Research Report #55, National Endowment for the Arts)