The arts bring much more than social enrichment to the community — they generate significant economic benefit too.
According to the 2012 Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study*, the nonprofit arts and culture provide a significant positive economic impact for the City of Baltimore
The arts enrich the lives of everyone involved — performers, instructors, stage crew, volunteers, audience members, and residents of the community.
A 2012 study commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts found significant connections between high involvement in arts learning and general academic success, including lower dropout rates. The study also found that the arts:
— reach students who might otherwise slip through the cracks
— reach students with different learning styles
— create a feeling of connection and cooperation between students
— create schools that are exciting places for learning and discovery
Another study by the National Endowment for the Arts showed that students who take four years of arts and music classes (rather than only one-half year or less):
— average almost 100 points better on their SAT scores
— are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
— are 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
— are 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
— are 3 times more likely to be elected to class office
Neighboring counties should be taking serious note of the significant positive economic impact of the nonprofit arts.
*Source: 2012 Arts & Economic Prosperity IV Prepared by Americans for the Arts