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

May 6, 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.

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From Hip-Hop to Shakespeare: Dallas Blazes Coordinated Trail in Arts Education for City Young People

July 25, 2008

Describes the trend toward coordinated approaches to arts education, with a focus on a Wallace-funded program linking artists, local government, cultural organizations, schools, and parents to bring quality arts education to Dallas' poorest children.

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