72 percent of business leaders say that creativity is the number one skill they are seeking when hiring.

    And did you know that medical schools accept a higher percentage of applicants with music majors than biology majors?


    Arts programs have been shown to improve overall academic achievement and SAT scores, increase high school graduation rates and college enrollment, instill a sense of pride and the values of hard work and dedication, and nurture the skills of creativity and innovation that our country needs from its future leaders.

    Despite these proven benefits, federal funding for these programs in public schools has declined more than 40% since 2010, and it's likely to be cut even more. The Verge Awards and our entertainment and corporate partners vow to completely fill that gap in funding!


    We're celebrating and supporting our future musicians & performers, filmmakers & fashion designers...​ and our future doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, social workers and engineers!


    10 ARTS EDUCATION FAST FACTS - According to Americans for the Arts:

    1) A student involved in the arts is four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.

    2) Students with high arts participation and low socioeconomic status have a 4 percent dropout rate—five times lower than their low socioeconomic status peers.

    3) Students who take four years of arts and music classes average almost 100 points higher on their SAT scores than students who take only one-half year or less.

    4) Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education.

    5) 72 percent of business leaders say that creativity is the number one skill they are seeking when hiring.

    6) 93 percent of Americans believe that the arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education.

    7) The arts are recognized as a core academic subject under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and 48 states have adopted standards for learning in the arts.

    8) Two-thirds of public school teachers believe that the arts are getting crowded out of the school day.

    9) 97 percent of elementary schools nationwide don’t offer dance and 96 percent don’t offer theater.

    10) In 2008, African-American and Hispanic students had less than half of the access to arts education than their White peers.

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