Why the Arts Matter to Public Education

For the past 45 years, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts has been partnering with local school districts
to advance equity and access to high-quality arts education experiences for all students.

The arts rewire the brain to make strong and more plentiful neurological connections, help build memory, as well as self-discipline, intuition, reasoning, and imagination. The arts prepare students for college and careers, by building their capacity for critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, innovation, self-efficacy, collaboration, and abilities to contribute to a vibrant community. Research in arts education points to several benefits of sustained instruction in the arts, indicating that students with arts rich experiences:

• Have better grade point averages

• Are more likely to aspire to go to college

• Score better on standardized tests in reading and math

• Have lower dropout rates

• Have fewer behavioral problems

• Develop more skills and capabilities in 21st Century work and college readiness skills including creative and critical thinking, problem solving, persistence, collaboration, and communication

• Are more likely to participate and contribute to their communities