student reaches for drumToday, most public schools believe they can’t afford arts education.

Today, lawmakers, education officials, and the general public are debating the role of arts in our schools.

We need to do better—today. The arts build critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and engage hard-to-reach students like Samuel.

Samuel, a 10-year old, no longer lives with his biological parents. He has struggled in school for years. Most people would call him a “rebel.” When Samuel first joined a Performing Arts Workshop capoeira class, he acted out like his teachers predicted.

Eventually, Samuel discovered that he loved capoeira. He stopped acting out. His peers even looked up to him as a leader. The after school director proudly tells us that Samuel is more positive and confident in the classroom.

Since 1965, Performing Arts Workshop has been helping at-risk youth learn critical thinking, creative expression, and crucial learning skills through the arts.

As the debate over the arts rages on, will you make a donation to bring effective and tested arts education to our schools? Please make a gift today.

Samuel reminds us why we need to keep fighting for creativity in education. We need to build a future where high quality arts education is the norm, not the exception.

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