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The arts are important to students' development

The arts are proven to help close the achievement gap.

Did you know that when kids are allowed to use their right and left brains they will acheive more. The collection of research described in Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development finds that learning in the arts may be uniquely able to boost learning and achievement for young children, students from economically disadvantaged circumstances, and students needing remedial instruction.

President Obama's arts platform statement included support for arts education, stating that: "In addition to giving our children the science and math skills they need to compete in the new global context, we should also encourage the ability to think creatively that comes from a meaningful arts education." -- Kelly Pratt, Detroit Lakes