Just looking at art improves your ability to think critically. Students from high-poverty schools, according to one study, experience an 18% effect-size improvement in critical thinking about art after a 1 hour tour of a museum.
Engaging in both craft- and social-based artforms has been shown to decrease your risk of developing cognitive impairment and decline as you get older.
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Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities.
Championed by the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with support from teachers, researchers, policy makers, students, and business people, a team of student research assistants works to apply their firsthand knowledge of Art + Design education to exploring new avenues for STEM to STEAM.
The Arts & Social Impact Explorer was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.