I’m very excited to be gearing up for my fourth year of involvement with PS ARTS’ Express Yourself event. Held every year at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Express Yourself 2016 is Sunday, November 13 and I am teaming up once again with The Agency and The Duck Brand to help raise funds and awareness for art education.
I’ve been asked why I think art education is so important, and why I choose to support PS ARTS when there are “so many other important” causes out there. While I do support several different causes, art education is more than a nice addition to a school’s curriculum. More and more studies demonstrate a connection between art education and a wide array of academic and social benefits which have a profound impact on children and help to position them for a better future.
Children who have a high arts involvement:
- Score higher on achievement tests.
- Have higher math and verbal SAT scores than students who take no arts classes.
- Tend to watch fewer hours of TV and participate in more community service.
- Demonstrate improved skills in cognition, attention for learning and memory retrieval.
- Exhibit increased problem solving skills and innovation.
- Are more likely to stay in school.
All of these things sound pretty important, don’t they? Innovation and creativity are increasingly valuable skills when it comes to employment opportunities as well. With more and more exciting start ups and entrepreneurial endeavors looking for employees with creativity and vision, it just makes good sense to help future generations develop those things.
That’s why art education is an important cause, and why I want to support PS ARTS and their efforts to provide daily, art education to under-served schools. My friend Sarah Michelle Gellar recently told The Agency why art education is so important to her, and at last year’s event, we asked other celebrity attendees on the red carpet why they support art education. Here’s what they had to say:
Be sure to check out the fun we had at Express Yourself 2013, 2014 and 2015! If you’d like to join us for Express Yourself 2016 you can get tickets here.