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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Neuroeducation: Learning, Arts, and the Brain

November 20, 2009

Excerpts presentations and discussions from a May 2009 conference on the intersection of cognitive neuroscience, the arts, and learning -- the effects of early arts education on other aspects of cognition and implications for policy and practice.

Student Outcomes

Learning, Arts, and the Brain: The Dana Consortium Report on Arts and Cognition

March 4, 2008

Reports findings from multiple neuroscientific studies on the impact of arts training on the enhancement of other cognitive capacities, such as reading acquisition, sequence learning, geometrical reasoning, and memory.

Student Outcomes

Transforming Arts Teaching: The Role of Higher Education

February 1, 2008

Discusses innovations in arts-teacher training, such as partnerships and interdisciplinary, integrated, and individualized programs. Features excerpts from Dana's 2007 symposium and profiles of best practices at twenty-four higher-education institutions.

Classroom Examples

Partnering Arts Education: A Working Model

January 1, 2005

Describes the formation of partnerships between classroom teachers and artists, and highlights the importance of building successful residencies in schools. Includes concrete steps, using the ArtsConnection model.

Program Models

Acts of Achievement: The Role of Performing Arts Centers in Education

October 1, 2003

Provides study of K-12 education programs offered by performing arts centers nationwide. Showcases 74 institutions that are partnering with local schools.

Program Models

Artists Residencies: Evolving Educational Experiences

January 1, 2003

Outlines the development of school residencies and offers four checklists for arts organization coordinators, artists, teachers, and school coordinators planning to develop residencies.

Program Models

Planning an Arts-Centered School: A Handbook

January 1, 2002

Comprises eighteen essays by artists and educators highlighting best practices and offering approaches from their varied experiences in the development of successful arts-centered schools. Includes a prolegomenon by William Safire.

Program Models