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

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Fact of the Week #36: Engaging Adolescents in Art Strengthens Identity ("I Am"). Develops a positive view of the future by internalizing optimism about..www.nationalguild.org

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Fact of the Week #35: The impact of artist-in-residence and exposure-to-arts programs in schools and arts venues in Victoria, Australia have a positive.. www.arts.vic.gov.au

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Fact of the Week #34: The arts help to provide experiences for students to continue to become lifelong learners...     www.incredibleart.org

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Fact of the Week #33: Teachers in high-arts schools were more likely to be involved in professional development, www.niu.edu

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Art In The News

Study indicates arts work for challenged schools - Injecting more arts into the school day has resulted in better attendance and behavior, and slightly better math and reading scores for eight struggling schools around the country, www.ctpost.com

 

In the UAE's year of innovation, don't forget the arts - This year has been officially declared the Year of Innovation in the UAE.  Near the end of 2014, the Government launched the National Innovation Strategy that aims to make the country one of the world's most innovative nations within seven years... www.thenational.ae

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

Member News

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. 

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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.

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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.

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Marking the accomplishments of their “100 Days of Tombow” campaign to promote arts education nationwide, Tombow recently donated $10,000 

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Breaking News

No Cuts to Arts in Federal Omnibus Bill

Thanks to effective advocacy efforts, arts funding will be kept level and stable. The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities will each receive $146 million.

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