The arts are an essential ingredient in a complete education. Evidence suggests that when schools invest in arts education, students demonstrate academic gains. And when students engage in creative expression such as music, art, dance or performance, they benefit from increased self-confidence, sharpened attention and refined interpersonal skills.
These benefits are even greater for disadvantaged students. The arts engage, challenge and motivate young people. The benefits of arts learning should be equally available to all students.
Seattle is a creative capital and a leader in technology and innovation. Today's curious, creative, well-rounded students are critical to sustaining our economy and upholding our status as a world-class city.