UCLA Imagination Project research concluded that the arts greatly impact the developmental growth of a child and equalize socioeconomic boundaries.
Six major types of benefits associated with study of the arts and student achievement:
- Reading & Language skills
- Motivation to learn
- Positive school environment
- Mathematics skills
- Thinking skills
- Social skills
A joint study between the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Endowment for the Arts showed that the arts have a measurable impact on at-risk youth in deterring delinquent behavior and truancy while also increasing overall academic performance.
A group of boys, ages 8 to 19, living in residential homes and juvenile detention centers for at-risk youth, discovered that learning to play guitar and performing for their peers boosted their confidence and self- esteem. The research suggests the opportunity to perform may be a powerful tool to help youth overcome fears and see that they can succeed.