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Art Does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence. ARTS EDUCATION, on the other hand, does solve problems. Years of research show that it's closely linked to almost everything that we as a nation say we want for our children and demands from our schools; academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork. A strong arts programming helps close a gap that has left many a child behind: From Mozart for babies to tutus for toddlers to family trips to the museum, the children of affluent, aspiring parents generally get exposed to the arts whether or not public schools provide them. Low-income children, often, do not. NGESOA Arts Education enables those children from a financially challenged background to have a more level playing field with children who have had those enrichment experiences. It has become a mantra in education that Every Child Accounted For, with its pressure to raise test scores, has reduced classroom time devoted to the arts and (science, social studies and everything else besides reading and math). Arts Education has been slipping for more than three decades, the result of tight budgets, an ever growing list of state mandates that have crammed the classroom curriculum and a public sense that the arts are lovely but not essential.
Now Is The Time!