The journey to bring arts to student masses requires a constant evaluation of where we are going, how we will get there, and why it matters.
To read direct, thought-provoking and of-the-moment case studies regarding arts programming implemtation, assessments, and impact, please click here and explore what Young Audiences is discovering nation-wide.
Crucial and compelling findings illustrated in some of the above case studies reminds us that The Arts…
…Reach students who are not otherwise being reached.
The arts provide a reason for disengaged students to engage with school and learning because they connect these students to a community of learners, focused on personal growth and discovery. For students distanced from the traditional linguistic and logical-mathematical styles of learning, the arts act as a bridge to education.
…Increase overall student success in school.
High arts participation improves math and reading scores more for low-economic students than it does for high-economic students. Schools in poor areas that implement arts education programs show substantially increased achievement within a couple years. This enhancement of achievement by the arts is unparalleled by other activities such as sports or community service.
…Foster skills important for the workplace.
According to a U.S. Labor Department's report (Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills), skills that arts education promotes have been shown to be critically important in the workplace. These skills include creative thinking, problem solving, responsibility, sociability and self-esteem.
Even as funding for arts education has decreased in public schools, demand for arts education programming among administrators and teachers has increased. Recent surveys demonstrate that school leaders understand the importance of arts education and strive to provide a well-rounded arts curriculum, in spite of continued decreases in arts budgets at the highest levels of government. School leaders look to outside organizations like local education foundations and parent-teacher organizations to supplement shrinking arts budgets.
Get More Information and Stay Involved! Reference these links to learn more about Arts Education advocacy, enrichment, and endowment.
Check out these professional organizations, unions, and non-profits committed to educational advancement.
National Education Association
Americans for the Arts
Arts Education Partnership
National Endowment for the Arts
State Aid and Initiatives:
These associations advocate for an increased focus on the arts in California schools.
Art IS Education
The California Arts Project
California Arts Advocates
Teaching Artists Guild
California Art Education Association
California Arts Council
California Department of Education
Teaching Artists Collaborative
Groups dedicated to creating and fostering arts and culture in their regions.
Arts Council Silicon Valley
City of San Jose, Office of Cultural Affairs
San Francisco Arts Commission
Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County
Peninsula Arts Council
City Arts of San Mateo
Arts Council Napa Valley