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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New Opportunities for Interest-Driven Arts Learning in a Digital Age

July 23, 2013

Traditionally in the United States, schools and after-school programs have played a promi-nent part in teaching young people about the arts. Arts education has been waning in K-12 public schools in recent times, however. This is especially true in low-income communities, where public schools have often cut back on arts instruction so they can devote limited public education dollars to subjects such as writing and math that are the focus of high-stakes standardized tests.When we look outside of school, however, we see a strikingly different landscape, one full of promise for engaging young people in artistic activity. What makes this landscape possible is an eagerness to explore that springs from youths' own creative passions -- what we call "interest-driven arts learning" -- combined with the power of digital technology.This report is a step in trying to understand the new territory. It gives a rundown of scholarship in the areas of arts and out-of-school-hours learning; offers a framework for thinking about interest-driven arts learning in a digital age; examines young people's media consumption; provides a survey of youths' creative endeavors online and elsewhere, along with a look at the proliferation of technologies that young people are using in the arts; and concludes with thoughts about challenges and possibilities for the future

Classroom Examples; Program Models; Student Outcomes

Joy2Learn User Feedback: Summary of Findings

October 15, 2008

This report is based on user research on the Joy2Learn website. This effort includes surveys and interviews with teachers in New York City and Los Angeles and LA-based teaching artists. This report provides a summary of their responses.

Student Outcomes

Evaluation Report for Community-Based Youth Media Program

January 1, 2005

In spring 2004, PCTV embarked upon an ambitious evaluation project aimed at exploring the meaning of youths' engagement in the media arts program. Fifteen youth and eight adults were interviewed in small groups and individually during the September 2004 - June 2005 program year. It became evident during this process that the program successfully teaches media while creatively emphasizing positive youth development that ultimately impacts participants in numerous ways.

Student Outcomes

The Arts, Education and Technology: A Winning Combination

June 1, 1996

This issue of Monographs provides profiles of how local arts agencies, arts organizations, and educators are incorporating new technologies into their already-existing programming and curriculum. The Arts, Education and Technology: A Winning Combination highlights examples of how locally, the arts community and schools are forging new collaborations with patterns such as libraries, universities, public access television stations, cooperative education agencies, and businesses to link arts and technology to the classroom. Funding trends are discussed by Arlene Krebs, author of The Distance Learning Funding Sourcebook. In the resource section is a list of publications and online websites. Believe it or not, this braver new world of technology can be demystified.

Classroom Examples