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Act One fills an education equity gap

For most Arizona schools, the arts fall into the “extra” category. While some Arizona school districts and schools continue to integrate the arts into their curricula, others have reduced or cut arts programs in the face of tightened budgets and testing requirements. For students — especially those in schools that have a high percentage of students on free and reduced lunch — this means no field trips and no specific arts classes.

The Importance of Arts in Education

For hundreds of thousands of Arizona students, arts field trips have disappeared from their school days. Many Title 1 schools where most of the student body receives free/reduced lunch don’t have budgets to transport students to arts venues or funds to pay for tickets. This creates an equity gap among students whose schools can afford these experiences and those who are unable to attend field trips to museums, theater productions and music performances. Studies show that the arts enhance learning, and field trips open worlds to students they may not otherwise ever encounter.

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“I thank whoever is responsible for allowing low income people to enjoy the finer things in life! It allows those who cannot afford the ticket price of a venue to be able to experience art, nature, beauty. Humans are naturally drawn to natural things of life. Art makes my heart glad!”

— Culture Pass user from Mesa

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