Jacksonville, FL.- The Cathedral Arts Project (CAP) announced its support for the Duval County School District (DCPS) Ad Valorem Referendum to increase funding to improve arts, music and athletics programs, attract and retain highly qualified teachers and staff through additional compensation, and provide matching funding for charter schools. schools.
CAP’s mission is to empower the creative spirit in every student, elevate arts educators in their field, and advocate for access and equity in arts education.
“Arts education is essential to every child’s academic achievement and development of life skills,” said CAP President and CEO Kimberly Hyatt. “Research shows that strong arts programs consistently lead to higher student achievement, which is why CAP supports this referendum that will increase funding for arts programs in our public schools.”
In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, CAP administered the 2021 Duval Arts Education at a Glance (LEAD) survey to assess access gaps and resource needs throughout the county public.
In their findings, 53% of principals indicated they only had between $0.01 and $3.99 to spend on the arts per student per year, and 82% said they needed additional resources for the arts, such as supplies and equipment. In particular, CAP found that schools with more art programs and art educators have higher school performance ratings.
Research shows that participation in the arts is associated with improvements in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills.
Over a 10-year period, 97% of CAP students were promoted to the next grade level and 84% strengthened communication skills with peers and adults and increased “value” indicators such as class participation and task completion.
CAP is a nationally recognized nonprofit provider of quality visual and performing arts instruction for school-age children in Northeast Florida. In its nearly 30-year history, through private/public partnerships with DCPS and other community organizations, it has provided more than 31,000 students with innovative visual and performing arts education.
With nearly 108,000 students enrolled in DCPS (FLDOE Student Enrollment Counts 2021-22), CAP is currently able to reach a fraction of children in the community who could benefit from the proven results of arts education.
Early voting for this referendum that would increase funding to improve sports and cultural programs in Duval County begins August 8. To learn more about it, you can go to: dcps.duvalschools.org/vote