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Autumn Premen
Dr. Leifson
CTAR 300
19 November 2015
Arts Advocacy
Art deepens our lives. It creates meaningful partnerships between people and
communities. Education does the same thing. Education provides a way for us to deepen our
understanding of the world and the things that make up our world. It serves as a link. It is
essential to include the arts in education. It improves students learning and retention. In turn, it
improves test scores. Arts integration also develops important skills in students that they need for
the rest of their lives. Integrating arts also creates a sense of community in a school. In looking at
arts integration, it is evident that it is necessary in order to create a fulfilling and maximizing
educational experience.
Studies show that arts integration does improve test scores. It allows students to
experience concepts in a different way. Arts integration assists in making students better readers
and writers (Arts). Literacy is explored in a new way during arts integration. Arts integration
improves math scores as it assists students with estimating and computing (Arts). Students are
challenged to think; thus, it improves their math skills. Studies also show that arts integration
engages students that are normally disengaged (Arts). It grabs the attention of students that are
sometimes left behind with normal curricula. For example, at Bates Middle School in Annapolis,
Maryland tests scores have increased (Research-Based). Their reading scores of students
achieving or surpassing increased eight percent in three years (Research-Based). In math, they
increased fifteen percent (Research-Based). Discipline decreased twenty-three percent in two
years (Research-Based). These factors can be attributed to the fact that with arts integration,
students have more ownership over their learning. Studies show that arts may improve long-term

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retention of content (Rinne). This could contribute to the reasoning why arts integration can
improve test scores.
The arts develop important skills in us. They help us become better thinkers. It creates in
us critical thinking skills (Arts). These skills are helpful beyond college and allow students to
be successful adults. Arts integration allows students to compare, hypothesize, critique,
persevere, and explore multiple and alternative viewpoints (Arts). Oftentimes, there is one
right way to solve a problem and there is one right answer to that problem. That is not so with the
arts. The arts stimulate higher level thinking (Crawford). Arts challenge and stretch us. They
make us think metaphorically and invite depth (Burnaford). They require more out of us. They
require us to be creative and problem-solve and they strengthen us in doing so (Arts). The arts
demand that we reach beyond ourselves. They help us reach out to others by collaborating and
communicating with them (Arts). The arts grow and refine students. The arts equip us to be
better leaders (Arts).
The arts bring people together. In doing so, it improves school culture. It creates a
positive culture and climate as discipline decreases and effective instruction increases (Arts).
When students have ownership over their learning, they care more about what they are doing.
The arts change how we view ourselves. Due to the productive nature of the arts, they transform
our perception of ourselves (Burnaford). They show students that they are contributing members
of society. In addition, the arts help us understand other cultures (Arts). With the arts, we see
other viewpoints and can more easily imagine another side to life. The arts open dialogue
between students and educators and they change our perception of others (Burnaford). Arts allow
us to think beyond ourselves and connect to others.
Arts integration is essential to make a fulfilling educational experience. It improves
student learning and test scores. It develops important skills necessary for a successful life.

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Integrating arts create a sense of community and bond people together. Including arts in a
curriculum, creates a deeper understanding of content material for students.

Works Cited
Arts Education Partnership. Washington, DC: Arts Education Partnership, 2013. Print.
Burnaford, Gail E. Renaissance in the Classroom Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning.
Mahwah, N.J.: L. Erlbaum, 2001. Print.
Crawford, Linda. "Accessible and Alive: Six Good Reasons for Using the Arts to Teach
Curriculum." Lively Learning, 2004. Web. 13 Nov. 2015.

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"A Research-Based Approach to Arts Integration." Edutopia. 29 Aug. 2012. Web. 11 Nov. 2015.
Rinne, Luke. Why Arts Integration Improves Long-Term Retention of Content. 2011.