Why Is Art Important?

Today more than ever the arts are needed by our young people as a
forum for safe expression, communication, exploration, imagination and cultural and historical understanding.

Among the many benefits of arts education, consider these few examples:

-The arts empower children to communicate ideas that words
and numbers cannot always adequately express.

-The arts provide opportunities to explore other cultures
and times, teaching tolerance for other's heritage
and belief systems while valuing the individual.

-The arts encourage multiple responses, respecting that the
questions are often as important as the answers. 
In the arts, there are many correct and valid responses.

-The arts teach flexibility in thinking, a mandate for
success in a global society.