Arts Education Important to Oklahoma City Schools

Written by Patricia Hawke for www.schoolsk-12.com

Did you know that students who participate in the arts – music, drama, voice, and visual arts such as painting or sculpture, are a step ahead of their peers who do not? Well, it’s true! Students attending Oklahoma City schools are no exception.
 
It has been proven time and time again that the benefits of receiving an arts education are numerous. Art students in Oklahoma City public schools are 4 times more likely to stand out in their academic studies; they are often recognized for academic achievement, find they are successful in getting elected to class office, and are more likely to participate in a math or science fair. These same kids are also more likely to earn recognition for good attendance, to win an award for writing, and often become peer mentors to other students with similar interests.
 
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Arts students in the Oklahoma City schools are also known to participate in community service projects more often than their non-art peers. Being involved in the arts for a significant part of each week also helps reduce delinquent behavior such as truancy. Kids who are busy at band practice, or competing in an art competitions, simply aren’t out on the street with nothing but trouble to get into. Not concentrating on their artistic discipline makes it likely that these students of Oklahoma City schools will lose out on their art opportunities altogether. Once they’ve had a taste of a good arts education, few students attending Oklahoma City schools are willing to put that opportunity in danger by doing something stupid.
 
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It’s important that community and business leaders support arts education for Oklahoma City schools’ students as well. For those in the know, it is apparent that an arts education for Oklahoma City schools offers many benefits. Some of these are that having a good background in the arts helps build a school climate of high expectations. It also helps students improve their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. When working on their art, students in Oklahoma City schools develop a sense of craftsmanship; they want to perfect their art and share it with others. Learning more about the arts allows students in Oklahoma City schools gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the world around them, and it also helps them develop a positive work ethic and pride in their work.
 
In addition, a solid arts education program will get supporters of Oklahoma City schools even more involved with what the schools are trying to do. By participating in a special grant program funded by the Arts in Education Fund, Oklahoma City schools are all set to improve their art curriculum and enhance their music programs. Since there is really no other way for a large school system to purchase all they need in regards to musical instruments, receiving this grant is a boon for Oklahoma City schools.

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