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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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merican Academy of Neurology (2015). Can arts, crafts and computer preserve your memory? Retrieved 13 May 2018 at (link is external).


The Alternative Art School

New York, New York

The mission of The Alternative Art School founded by Nato Thompson is to provide an affordable program that provides a visionary faculty and intimate class sizes.

History Responds

New York, New York

We are collecting materials related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its sudden disruption of lives around the world. Our focus is on New York and the surrounding region and our goal is to document all aspects of these crises. 

Partnering with LA Schools (K-8) and Beyond

Los Angeles Unified School District and local charter schools

Los Angeles, California

In a unique partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and local charter schools, in addition to schools around the country, elementary and middle school students and their classroom teachers are linked to Inner-City Arts for


National Endowment for the Arts

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.

This fact sheet was developed as part
of the Arts + Social Impact Explorer