Benefits of an Arts Education

Dive Into Art believes that an arts education:

  • transcends barriers of race, religion, culture, economics, and language
  • encourages critical thinking, goal setting, and collaboration
  • teaches important life skills sought by top colleges, universities, and employers
  • offers myriad opportunities for freedom of expression and reflection
  • inspires individuals to confidently face challenges and to achieve excellence through innovation and perseverance
  • invites individuals to explore the human experience


Dr. Elliot Eisner
Stanford University

The arts should serve as a model for the rest of education…In place of the current pressures of eliminating art from education—or, if that’s not possible, the emphasis upon making art education completely conform to the rest of the curriculum—history, English, math, sciences, and all the other subjects should be taught as art-forms.

Georgia O’Keeffe

I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.

Henri Matisse

Creativity takes courage.

Jane Chu
Jane Chu
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman

By exposing our children to the arts, we are teaching them in ways that transcend cards and textbooks. The arts teach us how to think creatively. They give our brains license to search for color where others might see black-and-shite, or to create music when others might stay silent. These are the qualities of leaders and of visionaries.

First Lady Michelle Obama

My husband and I believe strongly that arts education is essential for building innovative thinkers who will be our nation’s leaders of tomorrow. It’s our hope that we can all work together to expose, enrich and empower Americans of all ages through the arts.

Mike Huckabee
Former Governor of Arkansas

I think the arts are perhaps singularly the most neglected part of our educational structure today. And there are some of us who really do believe that an education in the arts is not expendable. It is not extraneous. It’s not extracurricular. It is essential.

David J. Skorton
President, Cornell University

I believe deeply that an arts education is of great value in and of itself, not only instrumentally; I believe just as emphatically that education in the arts is the business of all of us, from the home and the family to the neighborhood and the village, from the P-12 school system to higher education to lifelong learning, culminating in the great and defining legacy of our public culture.

John F. Kennedy
Former U.S. President

I see little more of importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his/her vision wherever it takes him/her.

Agnes Gund
President Emerita, MOMA

[People often underestimate the power of] Art as a communicator. It’s a language everyone understands. You don’t have to speak Russian to appreciate a Vasily Kandinsky painting or speak Japanese to see the beauty in their architecture.

Dee Dickinson
Former CEO, New Horizons for Learning

[The Arts] improve academic achievement—enhancing test scores, attitudes, social skills, critical and creative thinking.

Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education

…the arts are a core academic subject and part of a complete education for all students. The arts are also important to American students gaining the 21st century skills they will need to succeed in higher education and the global marketplace—skills that increasingly demand creativity, perseverance, and problem solving combined with performing as part of a team.