The arts are an important component of any well-rounded education, offering students opportunities to experience their creativity and unlock their academic potential. At Inner-City Arts, students are encouraged to take risks, learn new modes of self-expression, build self-confidence and develop 21st-century skills such as collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. The arts are not only important to the emotional development of students, they also have a great effect on academic outcomes. Studies have shown that low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are more likely to graduate high school and college as their peers with no arts education. By providing and advocating for equitable access to arts education for our youth — especially those most underserved — we can continue to build a more creative, productive, inclusive and empowered society.