It's  a sad  recourse  that  one  has  to  justify  a subject  in  school  or  in  life,  because  of  this country's   current  over-obsession   with  test  scores  in  Math, English,  and  Science.  Especially  when  the  public  has  been  brainwashed  to   thinkk  that   Art  and  Music  are  not  as important  as the  big  three... or  in many  cases-  sports. The  creative  arts  can  help/influence   students  in  Math, English,  and  Science, as  well  as  sports  as  well  as  create  many  positive applications  for  children  and  adult  alike. The  Arts  are  flexible. They  promote higher  thinking  and  learning, they encourage crwativity  and unique  thinking.  Unique thinking (marketing, invention,  etc.)  makes  money!  Look  at  Apple  Inc. 

Arts  and  business go  hand  in  hand.

Look  at  creative  people  people:

+   Steve Jobs,  he dropped  out  of  school,  was fired  from  his  own  company  and later turned Apple  into  a unique  tech powerhouse  that  battles  with Exxon  foe  the  world's  wealthiest  company.  Creativity!  Uniques. The creative  use  of  art  and  design  or   make  money.

+   Walt Disney,  was  told  by  his  teachers  that  he  would  not  amount  to  anything  because  he  loved  to  draw.   As of  2012, The  Disney  company  is  worth-  $72.124 billion...  and  it  started  with  the  art  of  drawing  of  a mouse.   Art sells! 

+ James  Cameron  has  made  the top  two  grossing  movies.  Both  used  extensive    computer graphics.  CGI  is  art,  made  by  artists. 

+  Videogames. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sales reached $1 billion in JUST 15 days!  There is money in the art industry.

EDUCATION:  Why  is  art  important?

They  solve problems  from  different  points  of  view  and thinking-skills.    

Art stimulates and develops the imagination and critical thinking, and refines cognitive and creative skills.

    Has a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has proven to help level the "learning field" across socio-economic boundaries.

    Strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success.

    Develops a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

    Teaches children life skills such as developing an informed perception; articulating a vision; learning to solve problems and make decisions; building self-confidence and self-discipline; developing the ability to imagine what might be; and accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish.

    Nurtures important values, including team-building skills; respecting alternative viewpoints; and appreciating and being aware of different cultures and traditions.

    Art plays a central role in cognitive, motor, language, and social-emotional development.
    Motivates and engages children in learning, stimulates memory, facilitates understanding, enhances symbolic communication, promotes relationships, and provides an avenue for building competence.

    Provides a natural source of learning. Child development specialists note that play is the business of young children; play is the way children promote and enhance their development. The arts are a most natural vehicle for play.

    Ninety-one percent of adults  believe the arts are vital to a well-rounded education.

    Ninety-five percent of adults believe the arts teach intangibles such as creativity, self-expression, and individualism.

    Seventy-six percent of adults somewhat or strongly agree that arts education is important enough to get personally involved. However, just thirty-five percent of those who are closely involved in the life of a child have done so.

    Eighty-nine percent of adults believe that arts education is important enough that schools should find the money to ensure inclusion in the curriculum.

    Ninety-six percent agree the arts belong to everyone, not just the fortunate or privileged.

    Art is defined as something aesthetic to the senses. A “work of art” is both an activity and a result; it is a noun and a verb. “One of the great aims of education is to make it possible for people to be engaged in the process of creating themselves. Artists and scientists are alike in this respect.”

    Arts curricula is typically process-driven and relationship based, so its impact on academic performance is often underestimated and undervalued. The arts provide a logical counterbalance to the trend of standardized testing and should not be marginalized just because the curriculum is more difficult to measure.

    The emphasis and time given to a particular school subject sends a message to students about how important that subject is in life.

    Arts programs, especially those including trained professionals, can help draw students out of “formal” ways of approaching relationships, outcomes, and perceptions.

    The arts can play a crucial role in improving students’ abilities to learn, because they draw on a range of intelligences and learning styles, not just the linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligences upon which most schools are based. 

A student making music experiences the “simultaneous engagement of senses, muscles, and intellect. Brain scans taken during musical performances show that virtually the entire cerebral cortex is active while musicians are playing.” 

“Dramatic play, rhyming games, and songs are some of the language-rich activities that build pre-reading skills.” (Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connection, 1998, p. 1)

“Preschoolers who were given music keyboard lessons improved their spatial-temporal reasoning…used for understanding relationships between objects such as calculating a proportion or playing chess.” 

“Creative activity is also a source of joy and wonder, while it bids its students to touch, taste, hear, and see the world. Children are powerfully affected by storytelling, music, dance, and the visual arts. They often construct their understanding of the world around musical games, imaginative dramas and drawing.” 

“Regular, frequent instruction in drama and sign language created higher scores in language development for Head Start students than for a control group.” 

“Listening to music for just an hour a day changes brain organization…EEG results showed greater brain coherence and more time spent in the alpha state.”