New research details the lifelong benefits of arts education.
New research details the lifelong benefits of arts education.
December 5

Wall Street Journal: Fine Arts Majors Find Fulfilling Careers and Happiness

In the November 10 edition of the Wall Street Journal, writer Daniel Grant outlines the high levels of employment and satisfaction experienced by fine arts majors. Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, puts artists’ income on par with other liberal-arts majors. "Just as important and maybe more," he adds, "artists tend to be happy with their choices and lives." Bruno S. Frey, research director of the Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts at the University of Zurich, confirms these findings. "Artists generally are happier than the rest of the population," he says. "The profession they have chosen gives them autonomy, and that makes them happy." As SAIC President Walter Massey points out in his Huffington Post article “The Art of Innovation,” artists are also finding new and increasingly significant pathways and partnerships for professional success. Along these lines, SAIC faculty member Francis Whitehead outlines the importance of arts education in an article posted by Gist on December 2. Lead artist on Chicago’s the 606, Whitehead authored the creative manifesto “What Do Artists Know?” and partnered with city officials to launch The Embedded Artist project. The SAIC Sculpture professor “pushes people to think differently about how art fits into, and shapes, our lives, from the mundane to the political—and how it might help us imagine a more sustainable future,” says writer Lori Rotenburk.