Why does arts education matter for every student?

California Arts Education Data Project concludes that only 39% of CA students participate in the arts, and that access is significantly lower in low-income schools. This finding confirmed what most arts education advocates understand – that access to arts education is not equitable in California K-12 public schools. Where community resources support a complete education, the arts exist; where those resources are lacking due to economic disadvantage, the arts and its many benefits for students are marginalized. These benefits extend from student engagement in school, to improved academic achievement, to developing aspects of creativity and innovation cultivated by the arts, to preparing students with the skills they will need to function successfully in the workforce.