Why We Are Here
We are here because we know…
- Engagement with the arts has a positive influence on the lives of children.
- Students blossom when they discover their creative niche and develop confidence as individuals and artists.
- Cultivated self-discipline leads to fewer behavioral issues and improved grades.
- Children learn to regulate their emotions and develop social skills.
While the long-term influence of introducing the arts to the lives of children is immeasurable, the programs offered at Rainey Institute support and develop creative and intellectual growth in the following quantifiable ways.
- Involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show significantly higher mathematics proficiency levels by grade 12.
- Sustained involvement in theater arts assists students with reading proficiency.
- Low socioeconomic status students who were heavily involved in the arts are:
- Completing college programs and earning college and postgraduate degrees by age 26 more than those not involved in the arts.
- Twice as likely to earn an associate degree.
- Three times as likely to earn BA degrees.
- Three times as likely to earn Masters or higher degrees.
- More likely to be doing some type of volunteer work as of age 20.
- Show more than twice as much community service and a significant edge in voter registration and voting itself.
- More likely to pursue socially integrated activities such as: attending plays, concerts, participating in religion and visiting libraries.