Activities like dancing, playing an instrument, and reading lower the risk of dementia. Older adults who do at least 11 cognitive or physical activities per month are 63% less likely to have dementia.
Participation in arts activities increases inter-community friendship, which is crucial to community dialogue. Twelfth graders who participated in the arts are 40% more likely to have friends from different racial groups and 29% less likely to feel that it is ok to make a racist remark.
The arts help people succeed. Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are more than twice as likely to graduate college than their peers with no arts education.
In early childhood, the arts have been implicated in improved IQ, spatial cognition, and numeracy compared to kids without the arts training.