Why are we doing this?



Many of today’s youth, particularly low-income youth in urban neighborhoods, have been deprived of one of society’s most valuable learning tools – art experiences. Cuts to art education school funding and lack of access to art education result in many youth growing up without hands-on exposure to the arts and an appreciation for the far-reaching influence it can have upon their lives as a vehicle for self-expression, critical thinking, skill building and teamwork.

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Research shows that students who actively participate in arts programs

  • Perform better in school
  • Have better attendance rates
  • Are more likely to be involved in leadership roles
  • Participate more frequently in academic competitions
  • Perform better on SATs

The stats show the importance of the arts in the lives of students, especially students from low-income backgrounds with limited access to high-quality arts programming.

  • Students engaged in the art are 3x as likely to obtain a bachelor's degree
  • 5x less likely to drop out of school
  • 72% of employers look for creativity and innovation in a job applicant
  • Only 38.7% of low-income students in 2014 had access to art programming



The Creative Industries in Franklin County

Did you know that Franklin County is home to 2,730 arts-related businesses that employ 13,714 people?

The nonprofit arts and culture are a $226.3 million industry in the Greater Columbus Area—one that supports 8,532 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $25.6 million in local and state government revenue.

Research sites that the arts are essential to the health and vitality of neighborhoods, counties, cities, and states. They enhance community engagement, increase pride in the neighborhood, create jobs, spur urban renewal and attract new businesses.