Perusing headlines, one might surmise there’s been a backlash against the focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education recently. Of course, science and math shouldn’t be avoided, but an arts education also offers a range of benefits, including helping students develop cultural awareness, refine fine motor skills, improve decision making and more. One of the organizations in Marin that champions the value of an arts education is Youth in Arts, and it’s celebrating a milestone, its 45th anniversary, with a gala fundraiser. “Travel the World with Youth in Arts” will be held on Friday, April 1, at the Marin Center, and if the Fund-A-Need goal is met the money will go toward programs for kindergarten students in five additional schools in the county. Here are some more details about Youth in Arts.