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Arts Education Census Executive Summary 2013-2014 Academic Year

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
DCCAH holds the belief that the arts provide an entry point for young people to build knowledge, skills, and ultimately understanding not only in the discrete disciplines of the arts themselves, but also in other content areas. The arts promote valuable 21st Century skills and “habits of mind” including; critical and creative thinking, and academic success. They help young people transition from the realm of the literal, linear thinker into that of the abstract, conceptual one. The cultivation of imagination through the creative process has the potential to lead to the generation of innovative ideas. 
The arts foster a sense of self in children that builds their socio-emotional capacities and opens them to the realm of possibilities for their own potential. In essence, the arts are fundamental not only to the survival of children in their education, but also to them thriving in the greater world in which they live.
“It is clear from the research that learning in and through the arts provides the type of emotional, creative and expressive development that students can benefit from throughout their lives. If we as a nation are serious about building a road to success for every student we must include the arts in curricular planning from the elementary through college levels.”--Dr. Nancy Rubino, Senior Director in the College Board, Office of Academic Initiatives.