Why Arts Education?

We believe we should strive to be a state where each child participates in high-quality arts learning experiences in school and the community.

For a child’s education to be complete, it must include the arts. Arts education, identified as music, dance, visual arts, drama and media arts, prepare students for school, work and life. Students from all backgrounds benefit from arts education. Research repeatedly demonstrates that participation in the arts boosts learning and achievement for children, including benefits like:

  • Improvement in student achievement
  • Increased attendance
  • Lower misconduct
  • Increased parental involvement
  • Closing the opportunity gap
  • Improved graduation rates

Rigorous research indicates that elementary students benefit most clearly from arts education in terms of key subjects, learning and innovation, life and career skills and improved academic outcomes.

How do students access arts education?

Students from early childhood to high school receive arts education in multiple ways:

  • Sequential education taught by certified arts teachers in classrooms, to support state standards and goals for students
  • Arts integration that brings the project-based, problem-solving strengths of the arts to other subject areas. One example is Oklahoma’s successful Oklahoma A+ Schools methodology
  • Creative youth development through artists-in-residence, after-school programs, community arts enrichment and home-school arts programs, such as those implemented by ACOKC, to help students build personal, social and intellectual capacities

How can I help?