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The Creative Coalition's CEO Robin Bronk Testifies on Capitol Hill

Photo of Sydney Levine By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz April 29, 2013 at 5:30PM

Arts Funding Essential to STEAM Nation’s Economy
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The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations to make the case to increase public funding for the arts and arts in education. Bronk’s testimony provided facts and figures that support the movement to incorporate art into President Obama’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education initiative.

The Creative Coalition encourages lawmakers to support arts funding as a budget priority that will pay back the nation exponentially.

"Art is the single educational resource and teaching tool that may be used effectively across every curriculum discipline to educate, motivate and activate students. We have the hard numbers to prove unequivocally that when arts are included in a curriculum, drop-out rates fall and test scores go up," said Ms. Bronk. "Furthermore, the economic development that arts infuse into a community -- where every dollar spent on the arts multiplies exponentially -- cannot be overstated. One could say that the arts ‘makes' a village."

The congressional hearing followed on the heels of the newly galvanized Congressional STEAM Caucus.

For a copy of Ms. Bronk’s complete testimony, CLICK HERE

About The Creative Coalition
The Creative Coalition (www.TheCreativeCoalition.org) is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance, primarily public education and arts advocacy. The organization has been leading arts delegations to Capitol Hill for over two decades.  Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization's President.

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