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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Creative Work: How Arts Education Promotes Career Opportunities Beyond the Arts

April 15, 2015

This study takes a closer look at those occupations that do not require a bachelor's degree, asking questions about what kinds of jobs they are and how they compare to jobs that do require at least a bachelor's degree. Specifically, How many job openings are there, and how well do they pay? What kinds of activities do those workers do on the job? What opportunities do they offer to learn on the job? How locally concentrated are those occupations? This report concludes with recommendations for how the K-12 education system could be improved to increase opportunities in LA's creative occupations, in ways that benefit the LA County economy as a whole.

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Summer Youth Employment Programs: Four Local Arts Agency Models

November 1, 1993

Many people become confused about the definition of a local arts agency because no two local arts agencies are just alike. The best explanation is that a local arts agency meets the needs of the community it serves - whether its arts education, public art, grantsmaking, festivals, facility management, etc. The four programs outlined in this issue of Monographs are responding to needs of disadvantaged youth, arts education, and job training within their communities. The programs challenge youth to use creative thought in problem solving, incorporating math, science and language arts in a summer job training program that uses arts education to teach marketable job skills. In each case the community has responded with enthusiastic support.Each of these programs reach inner city and/or rural communities in collaborations that are multi-layered. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Collaborative Inner-City/Rural Initiative Program restricts application to state arts agencies. A survey of state arts agencies advocated opening this program to application by local arts agencies. The importance of this recognition by the NEA would be to duplicate the success of similar programs throughout the country.Each community is unique so it should be no surprise to local arts agencies that these four programs provide differing approaches to summer job training in the arts that corresponds to the distinct character of the local community - urban or rural. What is consistent is that JTPA (Job Training Partnership Act) funding is available for youth salaries during a summer job training. Any arts agency could develop a similar program - whether for 10 youth or 500 youth, it's a matter of scale. The principle - and the need of youth in the communities - is the same.

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