ArtLinks is a partnership of the four Local Authority Arts Offices in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford County Council regions. These analyses are based on research findings from the 156 communities and regions that were part of Arts & Economic Prosperity III, Americans for the Arts’ national economic impact study of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences.
The most interesting case study in this analysis involved the schools of Sampson, North Carolina, where for two years in a row their standardized test scores rose only in the schools that implemented the arts education in their school district (Swan-Hudkins, 2003).
Ellen decided to dedicate the club to all aspects of the theatre, and began welcoming neglected playwrights, many of whom, including Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson and Tom Eyen, became quintessential to the modern portrayal of the performing arts; Others, including Bette Midler, Al Pacino, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert DeNiro, could be seen on the stage before they became household names.
They believe that all people have this aspiration and thus create vigorous and innovative supports from which those of us who have traditionally been denied this civic opportunity and responsibility are enabled to contribute to the community through their own inspired efforts.
Teachers need to find a way to incorporate the arts into the classroom rather than rely on outside activities and Jacobs suggests teaching through the arts with a means of using the arts successfully and in a way that it is not just one more thing they must include in the curriculum (Jacobs, 1999, p. 4).