Journal: Utah pushes for 100 new arts teachers

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From today's Salt Lake TribuneJ.S.

Local and national studies have shown students who participate in comprehensive art programs are less likely to skip class, more likely to excel in academics and more likely to graduate from high school, said Jim Sorenson, chairman of the board of Art Works for Kids.

The Salt Lake City School District conducted one such study at Jackson Elementary School, which for 14 years has had a schoolwide music program in which every student learns to play the violin. District officials compared Jackson to another elementary school with similar demographics but no history of arts classes and found that Jackson students scored substantially higher on both math and language-arts tests.

"When children start developing, they sing, they dance, they draw," said Elaine Harding, executive director of Art Works for Kids. "Children need to create to be whole and to access their potential. It's the best way for them to learn."

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