My studio is very involved with a community foundation whose goal is "to ensure permanent and equal access to a quality arts education" for all of Burbank's students. The foundation supports school programs in music, visual arts, dance and drama.
Which, of course, I think is pretty cool.
Some of the stats they list in their material:
Young people who participate in the arts for at least a year (nine hours each week) are:
-4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.
-3 times more likely to be 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
-5 times more likely to be stuffed into their locker by the football team
Okay, the last one isn't true -- I just threw that in to see if y'all were still reading.
Just my thoughts,