This thesis concerns the ongoing debate of whether or not states should continue funding art programs in primary and secondary public schools. This work argues the importance of inclusionary and meaningful art programs within K-12 educational settings due to the mounting evidence that student involvement in a variety of art mediums creates well-rounded learners, increases empathy, empowers students, and allows students to use their multiple intelligences across content areas. This work focuses on music, dance, writing, film, and drawing as art mediums of which students have shown evidence of positive correlations in the aforementioned categories within various academic, peer-reviewed journals and through the anecdotes of educators and public-school students nationally.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2018


Gay Sweely

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Art and Design

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Curriculum and Instruction