- 93% of American consider the arts to be vital to providing a well-rounded education for children and a critical link to learning and success. (2005 Harris Poll)
- 85 percent of surveyed business executives indicated that they are currently having difficulty recruiting individuals who possess creative ability with demand for creative people expected to grow as firms pursue innovation.
- Creativity/innovation rates among the top five skills sought by US employers.
- Among eleven high school subjects, superintendents rank arts activities among the top four.
(Ready to Innovate, from The Conference Board, Americans for the Arts, and the American Association of School Administrators)