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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Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit

January 1, 2007

Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit is a first-of-its-kind resource, offering the arts and aging fields detailed advice on the design, implementation and evaluation of professionally-led participatory arts programs for older adults. Such programs have been shown to produce significant general and mental health benefits for participants, and to strengthen community connections.The Toolkit describesthe benefits of art programs for older people;the existing services and organizations for arts and aging;best practices in designing, funding, implementing, sustaining and evaluating art programs for older people; andcase studies of outstanding programsThe Toolkit is a joint project of the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).The Tookit is available in English and Spanish. It may be downloaded online at artsandaging.org. Hard copies are also available for purchase through the National Guild at (212) 268-3337 ext. 16.

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Partners in Excellence: a guide to community school of the arts/ public school partnerships from inspiration to implementation

October 11, 2005

This handbook is intended to help leaders in both community arts schools and public schools understand what partnerships are, what benefits they offer, and how to structure and manage them. It covers the reasons to partner, planning and budgeting, fundraising and advocacy, content creation, professional development, evaluation and assessment. Worksheets and an annotated bibliography are provided.

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