Saturday, October 04, 2008

Back to the Arts

Although it is clear that our national election may be decided on issues other than support for the arts, I would like to express a hope that both candidates might, in the next month, better describe how they view our nation's arts education and cultural policies.

The "Creative Economy" is a strong element of the 21st century workforce and could be crucial in helping our economy recover.

Research has also shown that students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages, score better on standardized tests in reading and math, and have lower dropout rates. These findings appear to cut across all socio-economic categories.

I call on both candidates to support funding and policies at the federal level that would recognize the growth potential and direct benefits of encouraging cities and states to strategically invest in the arts in order to drive economic development.

If you would like further material on where Obama and McCain stand on the Arts, check out the link.

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