From "kammerblogger" Dr. Dick Strawser:
One of the statements that was made at yesterday's "Rally for the Arts in Pennsylvania" was that Art is the Heart of Pennsylvania (or of any community, by extension) though one could argue it is also (if not more importantly) the soul.
Signs reading "You Can't Spell SMART without ART" (or for that matter,
HEART) focused on the importance of young people's exposure to the arts, whether it's active (as students taking lessons to become performers whether they become professional artists or not) or passive (as an audience to experience a response to that art).
Follow this link to read more and to see youth in musical action, as well as a brilliant discussion on TED.