Supporting the arts has always been a key objective for NAMTA members but never has Art Advocacy been more crucial than it is today. Study after study has shown that including art-related activities in a child’s education will produce a smarter, more creative and successful student.
Advocating for the arts enhances every community and it makes good business sense, too.
"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create"President Barack Obama
Why Art Matters
Fact of the Week #37: Motor Skills are one of the Developmental Benefits of Art. Many of the motions involved in making art, such as holding a paintbursh or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children. www.pbs.org
Why Fallings Arts Attendance Has Major Implications for the US Economy - The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released a set of three studies of unprecendented scope into arts engagement and its economic impact in the United States. www.news.artnet.com
100 Schools to Pilot Core Curriculum for the Arts- Time and again, studies have shown the importance of integrating arts into the curriculums of grade schools. www.nonprofitquarterly.org
How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive - Art has long been recognized as an important part of a well-rounded education — but when it comes down to setting budget priorities, the arts rarely rise to the top. Many public schools saw their visual, performing and musical arts programs cut completely during the last recession, despite the many studies showing that exposure to the arts can help with academics too. A few schools are taking the research to heart, weaving the arts into everything they do and finding that the approach not only boosts academic achievement but also promotes creativity, self-confidence and school pride. blogs.kqed.org
Federal Anaylsis: Arts, Culture Add $700B to US Economy- Creative industries including Hollywood and broadcasting contribute more to the U.S. economy then previously thought, www.nytime.com
During the month of October, Blick Art Materials and Utrecht Art Supplies supported the Arts Action Fund’s membership drive by enabling easy, free enrollment at its 72 store locations and online at DickBlick.com and Utrecht.com.
Opus Art Supplies inspires creativity with new video. "The inner critic is something every creative person struggles with and yet so many feel like they are the only one. We wanted people to know they weren't alone.
The effort is called Round Up for the Visual Arts! and it is launched in conjunction with the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. The fundraiser coincides with October as National Arts and Humanities month.