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Take Action In Opposition To HB 434

HB 434 has been scheduled for a public hearing this Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
HB 434 would remove the requirement for the one high school fine arts credit and allow students to choose either one fine arts or one CTE credit to meet the high school graduation requirement.  We need your help now, to spread the word! Message your elected officials today!
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Art Can

Through Art Can, the Trust conducts research and produces and publishes data quantifying the economic and educational impact of the arts in Texas. Art Can analyzes employment and wages within the creative sector, along with tax revenue and tourism spending pertaining to arts and culture. Art Can also studies individual school districts, analyzing student access to arts education and its relation to academic outcome and overall success. The findings are unequivocal, highlighting the arts as vital to the development of young minds and a strong economy. In this way, Art Can serves as an invaluable resource for Texas parents, educators, the public, policy makers and private entities. The data culled informs all Texas Cultural Trust programs and spurs the development of new initiatives to increase public funding and support for arts and culture in the state.

About Art Can

Research Proves the Arts Work for Texas

Graduation Rates

The arts help Texas students stay in school.

Texas Economy

The arts generate tax revenue and boost tourism.

Test Scores

Better access to the arts means better test scores.

21st Century Workforce

The arts develop creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration.

Art Can serves as a resource to Texas parents, educators and public policy makers so that they can:

  • Understand the important impact of the arts in Texas.
  • Get a clear picture of arts access in their school district.
  • Access tools to stand up for the arts in Texas.

Art Can is a program of the Texas Cultural Trust and is sponsored by Houston Endowment and the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts. Through Art Can, the Trust conducts research and produces data to quantify the impact of the arts and creative sectors on the economy and education in Texas.

Read our State of the Arts Report

Unlock Your Child’s Ability to Achieve.

It’s a proven fact: arts education brings out BIG things in Texas students. Art Can improve student performance, build a 21st century workforce and power the Texas Economy.

The arts also generate $5.59 billion for the Texas economy. That means a more prosperous Texas.

It’s a proven fact: Art Can ensure a bright future for our state. Get involved and ensure every child has access to the arts.

  • 15% higher pass rates on standardized tests
  • 1/2 as likely to drop out of school
  • Higher attendance
  • Preparation for the 21st century workforce

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Texas Arts Education Access Data. Does your child’s school make the grade?

Arts Education Access

The Arts Education Access Evaluation, developed by the Arts Education Task Force, evaluates equitable arts education access across the state. Campuses are encouraged to evaluate arts access on the elementary, middle school, and high school level.

Arts Advocacy

While there are great areas of promise, there are also many areas of improvement in arts access. We invite you to join us in our efforts to ensure equitable access to the arts for all Texans. Encourage your school district and legislator to support access to the arts and arts education!

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The arts improve Texas’ economy, culture and future. Let’s keep it that way.