Research shows that young people who participate in the arts for at least nine hours a week for one full year or more are...
4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
3 times more likely to elected to class office
4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem
Compared to their peers...
Read for pleasure nearly twice as often.
Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently.
Perform community service nearly twice as often.
Source: Dr. Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University, for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.