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The researchers found that students who         through art, music, and storytelling.                    07
            took part in a local arts education initiative   The NEA Research Lab at Vanderbilt University
            had fewer disciplinary problems than stu-       Medical Center recently developed a “Home
            dents who did not participate. They also        Music Toolkit”—a research-based music curri-
            reported better scores in writing and in        culum that includes a video playlist of song             Jul–Sep 2020  |
            “compassion for others,” as measured by         activities and suggested strategies for parents
            assessment tools.                               and children to interact with music at home.

         •  A National Endowment for the Arts study,        The Lab is currently studying the social and
                                                            emotional benefits of a music therapy program
            using several large databases at the U.S.
                                                            for children with and without autism spectrum
            Department of Education, revealed arts
                                                            disorder. (See pages 31 and 32)
            participation in elementary and high school
                                                               Music therapy and other “creative arts
            as positively linked with social and civic
                                                            therapies” have been widely adopted in a host
            engagement behaviors, such as voting
                                                            of care settings, often involving children and
            and volunteering.
                                                            youth. New research into music programs and
            Early data from the ABCD study
                                                            therapies—including treatments for children
         showed that 60 percent of children
                                                            and youth—is being funded by the National In-
         (ages 9 and 10) have participated in               stitutes of Health and the Arts Endowment. This
         at least one of the following art forms            research builds on an initiative called “Sound

         at some point in their lives: music,               Health,” a partnership with the John F. Kennedy
         dance, visual arts, drama, and crafts.   Center for the Performing Arts to promote the
         Fifty-one percent of all children had partici-     science of music for health and well-being. An

         pated in one of these art forms as recently        Arts Endowment Research Lab at Drexel Uni-
         as the last year. The Arts Endowment remains       versity, meanwhile, is studying the effects of
         interested in learning about and supporting the    art therapy in pediatric cancer care settings.
         whole range of arts activities and art forms       Throughout times of crisis, or in circumstances
         that occupy children and teenagers these           are more favorable, the arts offer relief, joy, and
         days—from attending arts events and creating       purpose to children everywhere. Science is
         art or music, to taking arts classes or engag-     just beginning to reveal how, why, and to what

         ing with the arts through technology. More         extent this is so.
         than three-fourths of the agency’s arts educa-
         tion projects (pre-K through 12th grade) serve
                                                                             Mary Anne Carter
         kids from underprivileged backgrounds.
            The COVID-19 pandemic has shown                                  Chairman of the
                                                                             National Endowment for the Arts
         many of us how in a time of protract-
         ed social isolation, anxiety, and uncer-
         tainty, people often can make the

         deepest connections with each other
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