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The National Endowment for the Arts’ arts education program is focused on pre-K to 12th-grade students, the educators and civic leaders who support them, and the schools and communities that serve them. I am reminded of a joke I once heard about a team of anthropologists from Harvard going into the wilds of Oklahoma and reporting back that the natives were superstitious, loved rituals and would gather in colorful, boisterous festivals each week to worship a giant named Gard.arts and education

Results from the statewide research show that nearly 90 percent of Arizona students have access to at least one arts education program, but that half of the schools responding to the survey reported no budget for curricular support in arts education and almost 8 out of 10 schools spent less than half-a-penny a day on arts education.

Below are some talking points about both the importance of arts education, as well as the decline of arts education in our country. Nicholas Hans, (1958) – defines comparative education as a step-by-step study of different and often contrasting educational systems with a view of understanding their differences and similarities. Our SMARTS Parents for the Arts Network raises awareness about the relevance of the …