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

Published: May 2011

Publisher(s): President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

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

View Report (88 pages; 1.68MB; PDF)

Area of Focus: Arts Education


The report surveys research about arts education and its benefits and identifies opportunities for advancing arts education in schools.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

+Arts education is associated with increased academic achievement, school engagement, and creative thinking.

+Arts integration models, the practice of teaching across classroom subjects in tandem with the arts, have yielded particularly promising results in school reform and closing the achievement gap.

=There is enormous variety in the delivery of arts education across the country, with areas of visionary activity flourishing in some locations and inequities in access increasing in others.

=Recommendations for advancing arts education include: 1) building collaborations among different approaches; 2) developing the field of arts integration; 3) expanding in-school opportunities for teaching artists; 4) utilizing federal and state policies to reinforce the place of arts in K-12 education; and 5) widening the focus of evidence gathering about arts education.

Focus: National

Subjects/Keywords: Arts Education; Arts Integration; Brain Development; Educational Outcomes; Elementary and Secondary Education; Low-Income; Low-Performing Schools; School Reform; Teaching Artists

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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