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Celebrating National Arts in Education Week: A Reflection on Last Year’s Impact

The 2017 school year recently commenced for many of Austin’s youth, a time in which parents, teachers, and students alike have the chance for a “fresh start,” starting the new year with a clean slate and open mind, ready to learn and grow.

The beginning of a new school year is also a great time to reflect on achievements from the year prior, to reflect on the growth each student experienced and the foundation they laid for this year’s challenges and victories to come.

At Creative Action, we know a true measurement of “growth” requires a holistic view of a student’s advancement in a wide range of areas. While good grades may be the widely-accepted standard benchmark to measure a student’s progress, growth requires more than simply studying curriculum and passing tests.

This week, we celebrate National Arts in Education Week, taking place from September 10th to 15th, an opportune time to reflect on and restate our mission as well as share new results from our 2016-2017 school year programming.

Last year alone, Creative Action reached more than 21,000 youth and adults through 41,000 programming hours at more than 100 area locations.

Additionally, we remain as the largest provider of after school arts enrichment, in-school arts education programming, and arts-based professional development for classroom teachers in Central Texas, forging new pathways for positive youth development through large-scale, school district and city-wide partnerships that dramatically impact our community’s highest-needs populations.

41,000 hours of programming

Our programs aim to give students the skills they need to succeed not only academically, but in life, both now and in the future — and we are happy to report the proof is in the numbers.

Our programs are continuously rigorously evaluated to ensure we are always working toward our mission successfully, and the latest data shows Creative Action continues to make a positive difference in our students’ lives in the following ways: 

89% of Creative Action students develop critical thinking skills through our programming.
95% are more confident setting goals.
97% keep trying to solve a problem until they succeed.
93% stand up for people who are treated unfairly.
86% can better communicate their ideas after participating.

While we are proud of these outcomes, we are even more proud of our students, who have gained the confidence, creativity, compassion, and critical thinking skills to excel at whatever they will face in the years to come. 

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