The Visual and Performing Arts bring a wide range of benefits into our communities. The Arts can revitalize communities, as well as encourage social communication, interaction, cooperation and tolerance across a diversely varied population. High arts engagement among students can boost academic performance, increase their chances for success after school, and make them more likely to be actively engaged with their communities through voting and volunteerism. The Arts are a major force driving the economy and the workforce into our future. Access to the Arts (via both creating, or attending) translates into health benefits for the community, with reduced rates in obesity, and other major benefits that impact quality of life for the older residents ranging from better mobility, lower rates of hypertension, and higher cognitive function. Studies even show correlations between the Arts and reduced crime rates.