The Arts for All Coalition, a collective of non-profit organizations and public agencies in Massachusetts, is drawing attention to the role arts can play in the Student Opportunity Act. This new state law offers new funding opportunities to improve education, especially in Gateway Cities across the Commonwealth. One of the primary goals is to reduce the “achievement gap” of students with learning and socio-economic challenges.
The arts—dance, drama, media arts, music, and visual arts—are effective tools for increasing student motivation and enjoyment of school, improved attendance, and reduced disciplinary issues. Other correlated benefits include improved student learning outcomes, social-emotional growth, literacy, creativity, and 21st-century skills. See Implementing the Student Opportunity Act & the Arts for important evidence of the impact of arts in education.
Arts for All stands ready to assist schools and districts to understand and utilize this information, and we are happy to answer any questions. See MassCreative’s site for additional information and links to research studies regarding the evidence of the impact of arts education.
The Arts for All Coalition works to ensure all Massachusetts students have equitable access to and active participation in a robust arts education through the entire public education spectrum. Coalition members include Mass Cultural Council, Arts|Learning, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MASSCreative and EdVestors.
Creative Youth Development programs serve some of the most vulnerable youth in Massachusetts. Often these are young people for whom home and school have not been places of support but, instead, the source of trauma in their lives. During the current pandemic, however, many of these youth are sheltered, or trapped, in place in these homes.
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