The Midlands Arts Conservatory will prepare students for academic and personal success in an environment that promotes intellectual curiosity, cultural literacy, and a deep appreciation of the arts.
A committee of arts professionals, educators, parents and community members is organizing the Midlands Arts Conservatory in order to provide educational opportunities for students interested in the arts. The committee members understand the importance of a high-quality arts education for young people. They want to ensure that every child in the Midlands has the opportunity to experience the power of creative self-expression.
These findings from a 2012 report by the National Endowment for the Arts capture the benefits clearly:
● Teenagers and young adults from families of low socioeconomic status (SES) who have a history of in-depth arts involvement show better academic outcomes than do low-SES youth who have less arts involvement. They earn better grades and demonstrate higher rates of college enrollment and attainment.
● Arts-engaged high school students enroll in four-year colleges at higher rates than low arts-engaged students. Students who have had intensive arts experiences in high school were three times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than students who lacked those experiences. They also were more likely to earn “mostly A’s” in college. These trends were true for students from families from the full range of economic backgrounds. .
● Young adults who have had intensive arts experiences in high school are more likely to show civic-minded behavior than young adults who have not had this background. These trends were true for students from families from the full range of economic backgrounds.