A well-rounded education includes the arts (music, dance, theater, visual arts, literature, film). The arts encourage creativity, innovation, and self-confidence—essential skills for a 21st century workforce. The arts have been shown to reach students that do not learn well through traditional methods, sparking an interest in learning and academic achievement. Increased school attendance, civic engagement, and decrease anti-social behaviors have all been linked to arts education. In fact, children who participate in the arts win much more than competitions. They...

  • Outperform their peers on the SAT
  • Show more empathy towards others
  • Attend school more frequently
  • Are more likely to graduate from college
  • Show significantly greater creative thinking skills
  • Are better team players
  • Have higher high school graduation rates

Featured Resources

  • The PTA Reflections Program engages children in the arts, providing opportunities for students in grades PK-12 to participate in categories including Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.
  • Arts in Education Quick Start Guide
  • Reflections Local Leaders Guide
  • National PTA helps local PTAs keep the arts alive in their schools with its Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant Program. Any local PTA can apply for up to $1,000 in matching funds to give their student-centered arts education programs a needed boost. Applications for projects starting in the 2017-2018 school year will be accepted starting January 4 through March 11, 2017. Projects most likely to be funded are those focused on research-based best practices in arts education.
  • A Creative Career Fair is an interactive experience and powerful tool for career exploration. Together, families connect a student's current interest in the arts with tomorrow's career potential.


Resource Partners in the Arts

Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is the nation's largest forum for organizations and individuals committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all U.S. students, and researching how art influences and strengthens education. The AEP has tons of resources that will help you demonstrate the benefits of a quality arts education.

Kennedy Center's VSA (Very Special Artist), the international organization on arts and disability, was founded more than 35 years ago by former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith. VSA was created to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities as well as to increase access to the Arts for all. The VSA and Accessibility Department can support you in your role to provide meaningful arts learning experiences for all children. Visit Texas VSA for resources relevant to Very Special Artists in Texas.

Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives.

The National Endowment for the Arts' arts education program is focused on pre-K to 12th grade students, the educators and civic leaders who support them, and the schools and communities that serve them. Access the many funding resources available for arts education.

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