Art’s Huge Impact

ImageA recent study by the University of Arkansas’  department of education concluded that exposure to art in museums has a significant impact on children. Working with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AK, the researchers conducted a large-scale, random-assigned study of school groups visiting the museum, reported the New York Times (11/24/13 “Art Makes You Smart,” by Brian Kisida, Jay Greene, and Daniel Bowen).

The 11,000 student/500 teacher study concludes, “…strong causal relationships do in fact exist between arts education and a range of desirable outcomes… students who were (selected) to visit the museum on a field trip demonstrated stronger critical thinking skills, displayed higher levels of social tolerance, exhibited greater historical empathy, and developed a taste for art museums and cultural institutions.

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