September 15th, 1996

WATCH: Saving The Arts

What will be lost if the arts disappear from our public schools? The arts teach discipline, problem solving, cooperation, concentration-a nearly endless list of educational benefits. Adding an arts program to a school’s curriculum increases student attendance, participation, test scores and graduation rate–all commonly accepted measures of excellence. Yet when school budgets are cut, the arts seem to be the first to go.

Who is trying to save the arts, and what does the future hold? “Saving the Arts” features interviews with former NEA chair Jane Alexander among others and offers some hope, and some specific suggestions as well.

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