Art Statistics: Why Art Is Important


Art Improves Health & Well Being


“Ercole Vellone, from the University Tor Vergata (Italy), and colleagues studied 192 stroke survivors, average age 70 years. Each subject was interviewed as to their likes and dislikes in art (music, painting, theatre), and quality of life was compared for patients interested in art and those not interested in art. The team found that stroke patients interested in art enjoyed better general health, found it easier to walk, and had more energy. They were also happier, less anxious or depressed, and felt calmer.  Additionally, they demonstrated better memory and excelled at communicating with others. In that other researchers have shown that listening to a favorite musical piece stimulates dopamine in the brain, that stimulates pleasurable emotions…” (2012). Art Appreciation Improves Quality of Life. Retrieved February 20, 2014 from

Art Generates Money in the Economy


The arts produce jobs, generating an estimate $37 billion with a return of $3.4 billion in federal income taxes. (Source: American Arts Alliance Fact Sheet, October 1996 )

Art Influences Development for Babies


Music Enhances Linguistic Skills. Music — specifically song — is one of the best training grounds for babies learning to recognize the tones that add up to spoken language. (Source Sandra Trehubn, University of Toronto, 1997)

Art Recommended for College Bound Students


The U.S. Department of Education recommends the arts to college-bound middle and junior high school students asserting, “Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as valuable experience that broadens students’ understanding and appreciation of the world around them.” In addition, it plays a part in developing “children’s intellectual development.” The U.S. DOE also suggests one year of Visual and Performing Arts for college-bound high school students. (Source: Getting Ready for College Early: A Handbook for Parents of Students in the Middle and Junior High School Years, U.S. Department of Education, 1997)

Art Improves SAT Scores


Students taking courses in music performance and music appreciation scored higher in the SAT than students with no arts participation. Music performance students scored 53 points higher on the verbal and 39 points higher on the math. Music appreciation students scored 61 points higher on the verbal and 42 points higher on the math. (Source: 1999 College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers, The College Entrance Examination Board, Princeton, New Jersey)

Art is Superior to Computer Skills in Some Respects


Music is Beating Computers at Enhancing Early Childhood Development. Music training, specifically piano instruction, is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills necessary for learning math and science. Learning music at an early age causes long-term enhancement of spatial-temporal reasoning. (Source: Frances Rauscher, Ph.D., Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1997)

Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA). (2014). Facts and Statistics. Retrieved February 20, 2014 from

Art Improves Reading & Math Skills


Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.

Arts and music education programs are mandatory in countries that rank consistently among the highest for math and science test scores, like Japan, Hungary, and the Netherlands.

Researchers find that sustained learning in music and theatre correlates strongly with higher achievement in both math and reading.

New brain research shows that not only does music improve skills in math and reading, but it promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth.

Art Helps Close the Education Gap between High Risk & Low Income Children


In a study of a high-poverty schools in Chicago, the schools that were participating in the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) made huge strides in closing the gap between high- and low-income students’ academic achievement.  

Multiple studies have concluded that curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help keep high-risk dropout students stay in school. (2013). 11 Facts About Arts in Education. Retrieved February 20, 2014 from

Art Is a Good Financial Investment


Continuing on the topic of wealth, there is no doubt that pieces of original art tend to increase in value over time. Many people have no intention of selling the work that they have just purchased, but they can be the basis for any inheritance for their children. Buying an original piece of art can have a purely financial basis and the potential future value of the painting or sculpture may have been the deciding factor. (n.d.). Benefits of Owning Original Art. Retrieved February 20, 2014 from


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