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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Mixing the Digital, Social, and Cultural: Learning, Identity, and Agency in Youth Participation

January 1, 2008

Part of the Volume on Youth, Identity, and Digital MediaHow do youth use media and technology as they learn to be participants in civic and democratic practices? We share two case studies -- one from a media arts production organization and one from a school board youth group -- that revolve around youth-adult interactions in learning environments that offer youth real opportunities to be influential in their respective communities. The cases feature youth and their involvements with digital media, pedagogical approaches, and engagements that enhance their participatory capacities. There are multiple channels through which these interactions happen, some with and facilitated by adults and others created and negotiated by youth. We describe how youth and adults establish learning environments for each other, negotiate the grounds for participation, and explore the possibilities and limitations of social and digital technologies in these processes, supporting the idea that this learning is something that young people do as agents in their development.

Classroom Examples

Learning and the Arts: Crossing Boundaries

December 1, 2000

Provides a summary of a January 2000 meeting of education, arts and youth funders to explore the value philanthropy can add to education and child development by integrating the arts into schools and non-school programs for children and youth.

Funding Trends; Program Models

Gaining the Arts Advantage: More Lessons from School Districts that Value Arts Education

December 1, 2000

A report from an October 2000 meeting in which 32 school districts from 19 states discussed the current status of arts education in their districts. These districts were profiled in AEP's 1999 report, Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Arts Education.

Classroom Examples

Why Your Child Needs the Arts Advantage and How You Can Gain It

November 1, 2000

Highlights the findings of the two-year study Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons From School Districts that Value Arts Education.

Classroom Examples; Student Outcomes

Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning

October 22, 1999

This report compiles seven major studies that provide new evidence of enhanced learning and achievement when students are involved in a variety of arts experiences.

Classroom Examples

Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Education

February 23, 1999

This report features case studies and profiles of 91 school districts throughout the United States that are recognized for offering arts education throughout their schools. It identifies the critical factors that must be in place to implement and sustain comprehensive arts education and stresses the essential role of community involvement and partnerships.

Student Outcomes