In recent years many school districts have had to restructure their arts curriculums to meet the growing emphasis on standards that is central to most school reform. This unique collection is meant to assist educators, policymakers, grantmakers and other stakeholders by focusing on the potential benefits of arts education for students and communities alike, and providing examples of creative ways school districts are handling their constraints.

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

June 1, 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.

Classroom Examples; Funding Trends

An Unfinished Canvas: A Review of Large-Scale Assessment in K-12 Arts Education

September 16, 2008

Reviews the status of and current practices in statewide standards-based arts assessment for K-12 education accountability. Examines the approaches and criteria of several models of large-scale arts assessment and five states' assessment programs.

Program Models; Student Outcomes

Profiles In Excellence: Case Studies of Exemplary Arts Education Partnerships

September 11, 2007

This monagraph is a supplement to Partners in Excellence, the National Guild's guide to structuring and managing community school of the arts/public school partnerships. It describes three exemplary programs: The Community Partnership in the Arts between Philadelphia's Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial (a visual arts organization) and George Washington Elementary SchoolThe Pathways to Performance Initiative partnership between MacPhail Center for Music and Whittier International Elementary School, both in Minneapolis, and the Wilder Research Foundation in St. PaulThe Partners in Arts Education Program, a multi-disciplinary partnership between Henry Street Settlement in New York and the Lower Manhattan Arts AcademyThe Guild chose to examine these partnerships for two reasons: 1) each exemplifies all the best-practices criteria described in Partners in Excellence and 2) each has a particular feature that makes it exceptional. We hope that the case studies of these three partnerships will inspire leaders in the field to continue to increase access to quality arts education by further developing their organizations' partnerships with America's public schools.

Classroom Examples

Evaluation Report for Community-Based Youth Media Program

January 1, 2005

In spring 2004, PCTV embarked upon an ambitious evaluation project aimed at exploring the meaning of youths' engagement in the media arts program. Fifteen youth and eight adults were interviewed in small groups and individually during the September 2004 - June 2005 program year. It became evident during this process that the program successfully teaches media while creatively emphasizing positive youth development that ultimately impacts participants in numerous ways.

Student Outcomes

The Arts and School Reform: Lessons and Possibilities From the Annenberg Challenge Arts Projects

March 19, 2003

The three Annenberg Challenge Arts projects (in New York City, Minneapolis, and a national consortium of schools) fostered a civic commitment to arts education in their local schools and communities, which led to an expansion in local ownership and investment in arts education. The report offers insights from arts education for school reform practitioners (build reform from within; make excellence equitable) and lessons from standards-based reform for arts educators (rethink accountability; begin with permanence in mind).

Classroom Examples; Student Outcomes

Working Relationships: The Arts, Education and Community Development

January 1, 1995

This document profiles 11 examples of arts and education institutions across the country that are working to solve community problems. Programs, which reflect a number of purposes, are organized by category. Large Urban Profiles, include: (1) "Bridgemaking" in Chicago: Chicago Arts Partnership in Education; (2) Learning by Working: Young Artists at Work, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo; (3) Arts Education: Local Priority: Arts Integration Program, Tucson/Pima Arts Council; and (4) Communications and Vocations: Arts Talk/Arts Workers, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Small Urban Profiles, look at (5) SPECTRA Plus: Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County; and (6) Art for Science's Sake in Fairbanks, Alaska: Arts & Science Collaboration, Denali Elementary School and Visual Enterprises. The Suburban Profile is: (7) "Strategy for Economic Development and Education: Blue Springs Arts 2000 Partnership. Rural Profiles present (8) Big Ideas in Small Places: Artists in Minnesota Schools & Communities, Minnesota Rural Arts Initiative COMPAS; (9) Parent Power for the Arts: Moms for Fun, Silver City, New Mexico; (10) Art for Every Student: Art in Education Special Project, Idaho's Salmon Arts Council and Brooklyn School; and (11) Theater Development Through Arts Education: Dell'Arte, Blue Lake, California. Common keys to program effectiveness are shown to be: leadership, vision, planning, community involvement, professional development, cooperative relationships, innovation, evaluation, and high quality services. Appendices list additional programs and contacts for the profiled programs.

Classroom Examples