VSA Minnesota’s Arts in Education Programming
There is a mounting body of evidence1 that says learning in and through the arts improves academic learning, improves school culture, and improves student engagement. Students who participate in the arts are more likely to stay in school, succeed in school, succeed in life and succeed in work. As instructional time and resources are shifting away from the arts across the nation, arts education in the State of Minnesota fares very well. However, access remains elusive to a tremendous number of students, including under-served populations. The goal of arts education for every student in the state has not yet been achieved1.
VSA Minnesota believes the benefits noted above apply to students with special education needs and therefore arts education should play a vital role in the education of all students. With the proper preparation and some perseverance, artists and educators can make as big a difference in the lives of students with disabilities as they do with other students—and maybe bigger.
- Americans for the Arts and Vans Custom Culture. (2013). Arts Education Navigator Facts & Figures. (e-book) Retrieved from Arts Education Navigator Facts & Figures.
- Perpich Center for Arts Education. (2012). Building a Legacy: Arts Education for All Minnesota Students. Golden Valley, Minnesota: The Minnesota Arts Education Research Project. Retrieved from The Minnesota Arts Education Research Project.