Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Arts Participation Helps Kids Build Life Skills, Study Shows

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Arts Participation Helps Kids Build Life Skills, Study Shows

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Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY

Participating in the arts fosters academic success and helps children build life skills, say representatives from the Cathedral Arts Project.

As confirmation, they point to statistics recently released by the organization, which provides free after-school arts programs at public schools and community centers in under-served areas around the city.

For the third consecutive year, eight out of 10 students involved in Cathedral Arts' programs during the 2007-08 school year improved in every category measured, their study showed.

Out of the 1,258 youths served, 81 percent had higher school grades, 79 percent expressed anger and conflict more appropriately, 86 percent exhibited improved behavior and teamwork skills, 85 percent were better able to complete tasks, and 86 percent had improved communication skills, according to the organization's assessment.

Kimberly Hyatt, executive director of Cathedral Arts, said in a news release that the arts are a catalyst for extraordinary change in the city's youth. …

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