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Arts and crafts make for great science, study says

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Article by Phyllis Haugabook Pennock 

A Michigan State University study reports that scientists engaged in arts and crafts, such as photography and singing, are more likely to patent inventions and begin successful scientific or technological companies.

 In an effort to revitalize funding for the arts in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit and all other cities in Michigan, MSU researchers studied Honors College students who graduated with a science or technology degree from 1990 to 1995. The scientists sought to evaluate a possible relationship between the graduates’ creative activities and success in their field. In addition to finding a strong correlation between the two, these individuals also credited any successful entrepreneurship endeavors to their artistic skills.

 Over the last 10 years, Michigan has cut funding for arts and crafts programs of about 90%, from $25 million to $2.5 million. Presently, statehouse officials are attempting to slash even more funding for such programs.

 “Politicians often strip funding for arts and cultural assets, assuming they are expendable ‘extras,’ but this may be a serious policy error based on false assumptions,” said Rex LaMore, lead researcher on the project and director of MSU’s Center of Community and Economic Development.

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