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.
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
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