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Schools Find Art Improves Critical Thinking

Despite the fact that there is not an art or music teacher in every elementary school in the state, Oklahoma is distinguishing itself in the arts. It is one of the few states that has required art credits for high school graduation. And the arts are an important part of the culture, Price said. “Sometimes, we know, there are people who don’t relocate to this state because the arts are important to them,” Price said. She said they have the perception that their children will not receive a comprehensive art education and that there are not a lot of art opportunities for enjoying the arts in the area. That’s wrong, she said, and she again stressed the need for arts education. “You’re building your work force; your future audience.”