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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Wallace Foundation 2010 Annual Report

June 27, 2011

Contains board chair's message, farewell letter from founding president, mission statement, summary of grantee perception reports and comparative performance analysis, program information, financial overview, grants list, and lists of directors and staff.

Funding Trends

Engaging Senior Leadership to Advance Arts in School: An Examination of Los Angeles' County's Arts for All 2009-10 Leadership Fellows Program

April 9, 2011

The impetus for Arts for All's Leadership Fellows Program was a brainstorming session in July 2008 on how best to move the Arts for Allcollaborative toward its goal of restoring arts education into the core curriculum for each of Los Angeles County's 1.6 million public K-12 students. Session participants repeatedly circled back to Arts for All's need to engage school district leaders in order to be successful. The goal of the program, the first of its kind in the country, was to increase the capacity of school district leadership to advance quality, access and equity of arts education within their respective school districts. This report focuses on the work and results of the leadership fellows program in the 2009-2010 school year.

Program Models

Research Findings to Support Effective Educational Policymaking: Evidence & Action Steps for State, District & Local Policymakers

September 30, 2009

Synthesizes Wallace's research findings on educational leadership, out-of-school time learning, and arts education. Presents evidence-based policies and practices critical to the success of educational reforms at the local, district, and state levels.

Funding Trends; Program Models

The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education

June 30, 2009

Based on interviews, site visits, and a literature review, examines how excellence in arts education is defined, how it is measured, and how decisions at all levels affect program quality. Offers tools to help decision makers reflect on and align goals.

Classroom Examples; Program Models; Student Outcomes

State Arts Policy: Trends and Future Prospects

November 17, 2008

Examines how some state arts agencies are expanding their mission, strengthening their ties with state government, and utilizing policy tools beyond grantmaking. Outlines possible changes to the distribution of state arts resources and other implications.

Funding Trends; Program Models

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.

Classroom Examples

Revitalizing Arts Education Through Community-Wide Coordination

June 18, 2008

Based on site visits, interviews, and literature and document reviews, presents a comparative case study of how six community initiatives were launched to improve arts education through collaboration among multiple organizations and how they evolved.

Classroom Examples; Community Outcomes

Excellence on Stage and in Life: The Mosaic Model for Youth Development through the Arts

February 20, 2008

In 2008, Mosaic released the findings of a three-year study conducted by the University of Michigan Department of Psychology, The Detroit Initiative and area-Detroit community based organizations. The study identifies and assesses the internationally acclaimed, professional performing arts training program's goals, practice methods, and expected outcome. Mosaic seeks to empower young people with the tools necessary to create positive changes in their lives and communities by helping them to develop patterns of cooperation, disciplined work habits and effective problem-solving skills through the creation of high-quality, professional-level performances of theatre and music. By highlighting the immense talent of young Detroiters, Mosaic helps to create positive peer role models and young people who can view a more positive future for themselves and for their community.

Classroom Examples

Foundation Funding for Arts Education

October 1, 2005

Examines the size and scope of arts education grantmaking by U.S. foundations in 2003, and changes in giving since 1999. Includes brief profiles of leading arts education grantmakers, demonstrating the wide variety of arts education strategies employed.

Funding Trends