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Annual Arts in Schools Report, 2011-2012

New York City Department of Education
September 2013

Provides detailed breakdowns of statistics on the state of arts education in New York City public schools in 2011-2012, as well as a snapshot of trends over a three-year period.


Advancing Arts Education through an Expanded School Day: Lessons from Five Schools

National Center on Time & Learning
June 2013

Presents case studies of five schools that are advancing arts education through an expanded school day. Identifies common components of these diverse schools and examines how more time allows educators to reconcile the tension between strong academics and a well-rounded education.

Funder(s): Wallace Foundation


Composing Possibilities: Open Educational Resources and K-12 Music Education

Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute; Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education
January 2013

Presents the results of a study conducted to examine the state of open educational resources (OER) for K-12 music education. The study involved a close examination of 10 music education collections and interviews with 17 music educators, music education content providers, and music education experts.

Funder(s): William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design

Connected Learning Research Network
Mizuko Ito, Kris Gutiérrez, Sonia Livingstone, Bill Penual, Jean Rhodes, Katie Salen, Juliet Schor, Julian Sefton-Green, S. Craig Watkins
January 2013

Presents the education approach of "connected learning" as a response to today's changing economy and media ecology. Describes the core values of connected learning and illustrates them through nine case studies.

Funder(s): John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools

President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
May 2011

Calls for advancing arts education as part of a comprehensive K-12 curriculum and details recommendations, including building collaborations among various approaches, developing the arts integration field, and expanding teaching opportunities for artists.

Funder(s): John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


Staying in School: Arts Education and New York City High School Graduation Rates

Center for Arts Education
October 2009

Explores links between arts education — certified teachers, dedicated and equipped arts classrooms, partnerships, field trips — and high school graduation rates in New York City public schools. Calls for arts instruction for at-risk students.

Funder(s): Altman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, Greentree Foundation


Arts for All: The Vanguard Districts: Case Studies From the First Five Years

Arts for All
Waldorf, Lynn
September 2009

Analyzes the implementation of the Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education in eleven school districts. Assesses strategic plans to provide sequential, standards-based arts education, initial impact on student access, and lessons learned.

Funder(s): Angell Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Boeing, Dana Foundation, Herb Alpert Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Target Corporation, Wallace Foundation, Warner Bros. Entertainment


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Arts Education for All: Lessons From the First Half of the Ford Foundation's National Arts Education Initiative

OMG Center for Collaborative Learning
Spilka, Gerri; Meg Long
June 2009

Provides an overview of an initiative to expand access to integrated arts education with partnership building, advocacy, and strategic communications activities. Discusses Ford's theory of change, challenges, lessons learned, and case summaries.

Funder(s): Ford Foundation


The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education

Harvard Graduate School of Education
Seidel, Steve; Lois Hetland; Patricia Palmer; Shari Tishman; Ellen Winner
June 2009

Based on interviews, site visits, and a literature review, examines how excellence in arts education is defined, how it is measured, and how decisions at all levels affect program quality. Offers tools to help decision makers reflect on and align goals.

Funder(s): Arts Education Partnership, Wallace Foundation


An Unfinished Canvas: Local Partnerships in Support of Arts Education in California

SRI International
Woodworth, Katrina R.; Debbie H. Kim; Dana M. Petersen; Victoria Tse
April 2009

Based on case studies of partnerships between districts, schools, and arts organizations, highlights findings and lessons learned about partnership goals and design, instruction, teachers' capacity building, funding, and assessment and accountability.

Funder(s): William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


The Arts Advantage: Expanding Arts Education in the Boston Public Schools

Boston Foundation
Gittleman, Julia; Laura Perille
February 2009

Presents findings from a survey on the availability of arts education in the city's public schools, relevant school traits, funding needs, and partners. Offers recommendations and strategies for a three-year expansion plan. Highlights best practices.

Funder(s): Barr Foundation, Boston Foundation, EdVestors, Hunt Alternatives Fund, Linde Family Foundation


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Top Funders and Recipients

Top Foundations Funding for Arts Education in U.S. Public Elementary/Secondary Education

Top Recipients of Foundation Funding for Arts Education in U.S. Public Elementary/Secondary Education

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