The Issue: Limited Arts Education and Declining Creativity
Participation in the arts directly contributes to academic achievement and creative-thinking skills, improving personal and economic opportunities over the long term. According to a College of William & Mary study of 300,000 Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking from 1968–2008, creativity levels have been significantly dropping among young students. Additionally, arts education has been reduced in low-income areas, such as southeast Seattle, where a school-district report found that elementary-school children receive fewer than 10 hours of visual-arts instruction every year on average.
The Campaign: Sponsoring Youth in Hands-On Art Program
If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then Arts Corps can enroll five underserved youth in its art program for one quarter. Each additional $120 raised will fund another child's participation in the program for a quarter. Afterschool classes include instruction in dance, theater, visual arts, and music, and they run for eight weeks per quarter with an average of two 60-minute classes each week. The teaching artists aim to help young people improve their artistic skills while developing risk taking, critical thinking, and reflection.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.