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 for All School Arts Survey: Measuring Quality, Access and Equity in Arts Education

February 5, 2011

As part of its goal to make quality, sequential arts education a reality in all public K-12 classrooms in Los Angeles County, Arts for All connects school districts with effective tools and resources to improve arts learning. The Arts for All School Arts Survey: Measuring Quality, Access and Equity in Arts Education is the most recent of these tools to be introduced. It was developed to measure access to and quality of arts instruction at the school site level as well as to develop a system for collecting and reporting the data. The results are useful to schools and school districts to find out what is working, what's not working, and to point the way toward improvement. But the results can also provide a picture of what's happening across a region. The following summary describes how the survey was built and its first test in five school districts encompassing 100 schools. As a result of this test, some refinements will be made in the survey, but the survey's strength and utility have been proven. Los Angeles County now has a means of objectively measuring quality and access to arts education and making the results easily accessible.

Student Outcomes

2008 Arts Education Performance Indicators Report

February 11, 2009

The 2008 Arts Education Performance Indicators Report shows an increase in the number of school districts that are building infrastructure in this area, demonstrating a long-term commitment to improving arts education. The report is issued periodically by the Arts Commission as part of the county's regional Arts for All initiative to return quality, sequential arts education to the county's 81 school districts. Overall progress includes: 64 percent of districts report having an arts education policy, compared to 37 percent in 2005. 61 percent of districts report a board-adopted arts education plan or indicated they are developing one, compared to 35 percent in 2005. 39 percent of districts report having an arts coordinator, compared to 12 percent in 2005. 16 percent report having a 400 to 1 ratio of students to credentialed arts teachers, compared to 10 percent reporting that ratio in 2005. 98 percent of districts report using general fund budgets to support arts education programs (sources of arts ed budgets were not included in previous surveys). The 2008 AEPI Report is based on self-reported data from superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of curriculum and/or district arts coordinators. Of the 81 school districts, 72 responded.

Classroom Examples

Lessons from the Workshop: A Guide to Best Practices in Performing Arts Education

March 16, 2006

Developed by the Workshop's Associate Artistic Director, Anne-E Wood, the Best Practices Guide is a hands-on tool for school administrators, teachers, artists, parents or arts organizations facilitating an artist residency program. The guide explains arts education within the framework of educational policy and practice in California, but the model can be adapted for many communities. In this guide, you will learn about the residency model, the history of Performing Arts Workshop's residency model and what 40 years of experience has shown to be the best practices for artists and teachers.

Classroom Examples

Spotlight on Arts Education Grantmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area

October 1, 2005

This Spotlight includes side by side comparisons of arts education giving by primary purpose and by target population, illustrating how funding in the Bay Area compares with funding nationally. A mini-directory of selected San Francisco Bay Area foundations making arts education grants in the Bay Area provides basic contact information along with selected grants.

Funding Trends

Spotlight on Arts Education Grantmaking in Ohio

September 30, 2005

This Spotlight includes side by side comparisons of arts education giving by primary purpose and by target population, illustrating how funding in the state compares with funding nationally. A mini-directory of selected Ohio and non-Ohio foundations making arts education grants in Ohio provides basic contact information along with selected grants.

Funding Trends

Ice Project

May 1, 2001

In 1995, under the artistic leadership of Judith Marcuse, DanceArts (now JMP) began a remarkable project, one that eventually brought together thousands of teenagers, professonal artists and community resource people in national collaboration.The ICE Project started with two years of small group workshops that involved some three hundred 15 to 18 old young people. These workshops were designed for teenagers to explore and express the pressures in their lives using the languages of art practice.

Student Outcomes

Schools, Communities and the Arts: A Research Compendium

June 1, 1995

A selection of available applied and academic research, this publication is designed as a tool that can help address the kinds of questions local government, business, and community leaders might ask about arts education. It provides concrete information on topics from student achievement and perceptions to the status of arts education.Of the 49 reports, articles, and dissertations described in the following pages:Six are evaluation studies of broad-based arts programs.Seventeen are smaller-scale targeted studies.Nine present compilations, or overviews, of research.Twelve describe attitudes among students and parents and public opinion.Five highlight the status of arts education and the arts' economic impact at the local level.

Classroom Examples; Student Outcomes