Emphasis on Arts Education

Enhancing arts education is cornerstone to LEPAA’s mission and outreach. Partnerships with local, state, international, private and public organizations will allow LEPAA to impact 100,400 students annually through programming at The Buddy Holly Hall. More than 80 percent of the 29,000 students in LISD are involved in performing arts; 72 percent of those students are economically disadvantaged.

The Lubbock Independent School District (LISD) Fine Arts programs will call The Buddy Holly Hall “home”, hosting more than 24,000 Lubbock students K-12 enrolled in fine arts classes. The 425-seat theater at The Buddy Holly Hall will provide a unique setting for LISD student performances from elementary through high school levels, for UIL competitions and smaller theater productions. Having LISD as a cornerstone resident of The Buddy Holly Hall adds further tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly who was a 1955 LISD graduate and member of the Lubbock High School choir.

Ballet Lubbock will be a cornerstone tenant at The Buddy Holly Hall, doubling their current studio space. Enrollment in the dance school has quintupled since 2015. A significant component of the Ballet’s mission is to ensure that dance education opportunities are accessible to all students regardless of their socioeconomic status. Ballet Lubbock provides tremendous outreach to the underserved children in the community, offering free and subsidized dance classes in nine Lubbock elementary schools, at Lubbock Boys’ and Girls’ Club.  Additionally, they offer more than $45,000 in tuition scholarship assistance each year.  The school offers unique “Dance Abilities” classes for children with special needs.  A partnership with Covenant Health, The Buddy Holly Hall and Ballet Lubbock will allow expansion of the “Tu Tu Tuesday” program, which brings dance to children who are in the hospital each week. After relocating to The Buddy Holly Hall, Ballet Lubbock will have the capacity to expand outreach services by 100 percent.

An ongoing collaboration of LEPAA and The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation promotes music education to youth, helping fulfill the dreams and wishes of Buddy and Maria Elena Holly and enabling the next generation of artists to flourish world-wide through songwriting, recording, entertaining, and more. A developing partnership/exchange program at The Buddy Holly Hall will expand opportunities for education and sustainable careers in performing arts industries across the U.S., U.K., Australia and Germany.


Impact of Arts Education
(Sources: Texas Cultural Trust, Americans for the Arts)

  • Students who complete more arts classes have up to 15% higher pass rates on standardized tests than students with fewer arts classes
  • At-risk high school students who complete more than one art class are half as likely to drop out
  • Texas students enrolled in fine arts classes have a 3.3% greater attendance rate than those not involved in the arts
  • Low income students who are highly engaged in the arts are twice as likely to graduate college as their peers
  • Students involved in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement