Fostering Careers in the Arts

Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, writes that it is ironic that schools are cutting the arts from their curricula and the arts are not encouraged with the same rigor as other careers at a time when policy makers and national leaders are trying to develop “present and future generations of creative, innovative thinkers”. According to Chairman Chu the arts and the culture economy contribute more money ($504 billion or 3.2 percent) to the gross domestic product (GDP) than tourism and agriculture, making careers in the arts an important investment in America.  Careers in the arts also contribute to civic and economic framework and the quality of life of a community. She writes, “By increasing access to arts education, we are not only equipping our children with creative reasoning, but we are helping to cultivate arts appreciation within a new generation.”


See “Fostering Creative Career Exploration” by Jane Chu, Media Arts, September 19, 2014 at

The FYI Arts updates are written by Joan Platz, Research and Knowledge Director for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.  The purpose of FYI Arts is to keep arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities.  The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association (, Ohio Art Education Association (, Ohio Educational Theatre Association (; OhioDance (, and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (

About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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