10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2019
- Arts improve individual well-being. 69 percent of the population believe the arts “lift me up beyond everyday experiences,” 73 percent feel the arts give them “pure pleasure to experience and participate in,” and 81 percent say the arts are a “positive experience in a troubled world.”
- Arts unify communities. 72 percent of Americans believe “the arts unify our communities regardless of age, race, and ethnicity” and 73 percent agree that the arts “helps me understand other cultures better”—a perspective observed across all demographic and economic categories.
- Arts improve academic performance.Students engaged in arts learning have higher GPAs, standardized test scores, and college-going rates as well as lower drop-out rates. These academic benefits are reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status. Yet, the Department of Education reports that access to arts education for students of color is significantly lower than for their white peers. 91 percent of Americansbelieve that arts are part of a well-rounded K-12 education.
Helena Traffic Signal Boxes? Enjoy them as fabulous local art. Download a map and information about the project here
The Helena City Commission established the Helena Public Art Committee (HPAC) to promote community awareness of and involvement in providing public art in Helena. HPAC's Mission is to commission, maintain, and acquire high quality professional public art.