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

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

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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