U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan stated, “despite the importance of providing equal educational opportunities in the arts, today's report shows we are falling well short of that goal.”
From the Department’s announcement of the study we learned that:
- 1.3 million of our nation’s public elementary school students receive no specific instruction in music, and nearly 4 million students receive no specific instruction in the visual arts.
- 800,000 public secondary school students do not receive music, and 11 percent of secondary schools do not provide the visual arts.
- Only 3 percent of elementary schools offer any specific dance instruction and only 4 percent offer any specific theater instruction. In secondary schools, the numbers improve somewhat as 12 percent offer dance and 45 percent offer theater.
Please join thousands of arts advocates across the country on April 17 for a virtual rally on Arts Advocacy Day. We’re asking everyone to send messages to their members of Congress urging them to support the arts and arts education. Look for an e-mail from us in your Inbox on April 17. Americans for the Arts will send out an easy-to-use customizable message for you to send to Congress on that day.