Art works, and we have proof. Quality arts-based programming has been proven by study after study to re-engage even the most at-risk young people in learning, improve their academic performance, get them to graduation and the chance to become productive citizens. We see it here at CATC with more than a decade in which senior graduation rates for our mostly at-risk Cincinnati Public high school juniors and seniors have exceeded 90% year after year–97% last year. The arts enhance learning and engagement for all kids, but for kids from disadvantaged backgrounds, the impact is profound. We have proof. Look at the studies–or look at our kids.