For as little as $6 a month, the cost of a pack of colored pencils, you could make a real, long-term impact furthering the arts in Arkansas schools. When you become a supporter of Thea Foundation’s Renaissance Club, your monthly, tax-deductible donation provides continual support of Thea’s mission to advocate the arts in the education of Arkansas’s youth and our many programs that provide arts education and supplies to schools in need and fund the futures of high schools seniors on their way to college.
Along with the inspirational feeling that comes with making a real difference in your community, as a Renaissance Club supporter you gain the many perks of being a friend to our Foundation, including tickets to Thea Foundation events, free entry to exhibition openings, swag that lets all your friends know you’re an arts advocate, and more. Whatever your budget, there’s a support level that’s right for you.
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Why Do We Support the Arts?
Historically, when schools need to trim budgets, the arts are often on the chopping block. Visual art, drama, dance, music, and other art forms are often viewed as secondary electives and not as the real intellect-stimulating, confidence-building, life-changing subjects they truly are.
Don’t just take our word for it. Research that spans decades proves that the arts, when woven throughout all subjects and when taught individually, make a huge difference in students’ academic success. A 2013 study by the University of Mississippi found that arts integration across subjects increased test scores and “significantly reduced” the achievement gap for economically disadvantaged students. Teaching the arts for arts’ sake is arguably equally important. The National Endowment for the Arts found that young people who are very active in the arts are four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, arts programs are mandatory in countries that rank among the highest for math and science test scores.
The bottom line is, every student should have access to the arts and be encouraged to participate in an art form, and at Thea Foundation, our mission is to make that a reality.