There are many youth throughout Asheville and Buncombe County that have limited access to the arts. If youth are not enrolled in school sponsored music and arts classes due to transportation and economic means, they have no way of engaging in culturally rich arts education.
Research shows that youth who are not engaged in high quality after school programs are more likely to engage in inappropriate and illegal behaviors in the after school hours.
Research from the President’s Council on the Arts &Humanities recently shared the benefits of high quality arts education:
• Student achievement, typically as represented by reading and mathematics
performance on high stakes tests, including transfer of skills learning from the
arts to learning in other academic areas—for example, the spatial-temporal reasoning
skills developed by music instruction;
• Student motivation and engagement, including improved attendance, persistence,
focused attention, heightened educational aspirations, and intellectual
• Development of habits of mind including problem solving, critical and creative
thinking, dealing with ambiguity and complexity, integration of multiple skill
sets, and working with others; and
• Development of social competencies, including collaboration and team work
skills, social tolerance, and self-confidence.