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- Sharpen your talking points about the public benefits of the arts.
- Join your state’s citizen advocacy organization.
Creativity is a quintessentially American strength. The arts help us solve complex problems, connect with each other, provide good jobs and grow our economy.
Art therapy is a powerful healing force for America’s veterans, aging populations, and people coping with depression, addiction, cancer or other health challenges. Research proves that art therapy lowers the need for pain medications, improves coping skills, engages the patient’s family, reduces anxiety and depression, and cuts down time spent in the hospital.
The arts cultivate young imaginations and facilitate success in school, enhancing students’ academic achievement in multiple subject areas. They provide the critical thinking, communications and innovation skills essential to a productive work force.
Art in Our Everyday Lives
The arts foster quality of life, civic vibrancy, economic opportunity, accessibility and cultural heritage. When funding for the arts is threatened, we risk losing what makes our communities and our country so special.
Why Should Government Support the Arts?
NASAA has compiled more evidence that government investment in the arts contributes to economic growth, healing, student success, thriving communities and more. For answers to common questions and fact based talking points about public support of the arts, see Why Should Government Support the Arts?
About State Arts Agencies
Amy May, TruScribe
Lead Artist “Art Heals,” “American Ingenuity”
Ben Schram, TruScribe
Artist “Student Success,” “Art in Our Everyday Lives”
Kevin Werth, TruScribe
Voice Talent “Student Success,” “Art in Our Everyday Lives”
Voice Talent “American Ingenuity,” “Art Heals”
George Washington III