• So, what did this [a2ru] conference really have to do with the arts? Actually, quite a lot. Even though it wasn’t explicitly a traditional conference about the fine arts, I felt like there was an underlying message that artists should always be part of the larger conversation about creativity and innovation. After all, artists have the unique trait of being communicators by training.

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Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art: The Long-Term Effects of Sustained Involvement in the Visual and Performing Arts During High School

  • October 24, 2011
  • By a2ru      
This study uniquely explores differences in the impact of engagement in the arts and athletics.


Author: James Catterall

This study is particularly important because it is large-scale – following 12,000 students over a decade; and comparative – uniquely exploring differences in impact between engagement in the arts and athletics. Focusing on students from low-SES households (whom much prior research has shown to benefit disproportionately from arts-integrated learning), Catterall finds major advantages accruing long-term to those who attended arts-rich schools, including greatly increased college attendance and achievement, and much enhanced pro-social engagement.

Catterall, James. Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art: The long-term effects of sustained involvement in the visual and performing arts during high school. Los Angeles: Imagination Group, 2009.