Often considered nice but not necessary, arts education—both in school and after school—seldom receives sufficient public funding. Yet, the arts are essential to a 21st century education, teaching children vital skills that nurture intellectual and creative development. Young people learn to think creatively, work on a team, and practice challenging tasks until completion. For hard-to-reach students (who cope with disabilities, violence, or poverty), the arts are frequently the reason they stay in school.
Research shows that arts education correlates with better grades and test scores and facilitates learning in other subjects. We need to make art a right for all young people, regardless of their socioeconomic status and life circumstances. In challenging economic times, funding for the arts is the first to be cut, yet nearly 95 percent of voters see the arts as a basic part of a child’s education, as fundamental as English and mathematics.
Living in Austin the “Live Music Capital of the World”, I believe we hold arts in higher esteem than many other communities. This is why it is so important that even in difficult economic times we support our arts education programs to support and develop our future Austin artists.
TAP’s Big Kid Birthday Bash is a perfect opportunity to support local arts education. The tickets are cheaper than dinner and a movie, starting at $15 for starving artists, you can come have a great evening on the town. Get together a group of friends and be prepared to have a rocking good time.
You don’t want to miss our famous cakewalk featuring Austin‘s finest bakeries, the Ring Toss for wine, Hula-hooping contests, photo booths, magicians, balloon artists, jugglers, fortune tellers, silent and live auctions and music by Sara Hickman. Buy Tickets now and help TAP reach more youth!!