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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Foundation Funding for Arts Education: An Update on Foundation Trends

April 10, 2015

To document the size and scope of arts education grantmaking by US foundations, Foundation Center and Grantmakers in the Arts collaborated on a 2005 report. The report examined foundation grantmaking for arts education between 1999 and 2003 and represented the most comprehensive analysis of foundation arts education support available. This new report updates the analysis of foundation arts education funding through 2012 and illustrates how support for arts education has evolved during a period of pronounced economic volatility and dramatic political and technological change.

Funding Trends

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

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation 2010 Annual Report

January 25, 2011

Contains board chair's message, executive director's message, program information, grant guidelines, grants list, and lists of board members and staff. 2010 financial statements available at separate link.

Funding Trends; Program Models

Arts Education for All: Lessons From the First Half of the Ford Foundation's National Arts Education Initiative

June 1, 2009

Provides an overview of an initiative to expand access to integrated arts education with partnership building, advocacy, and strategic communications activities. Discusses Ford's theory of change, challenges, lessons learned, and case summaries.

Classroom Examples; Funding Trends

Involving Youth in the Arts Project: Phase II -- Focus Groups on Next Generation Leadership

April 1, 2009

As a follow-up on the 2007 report Involving Youth in Non Profit Arts Organization, offers findings and recommendations from arts organization administrators of various ages on bridging generational gaps and recruiting and retaining younger leaders.

Student Outcomes

Can the Arts Change the World? The Transformative Power of the Arts in Fostering and Sustaining Social Change

January 1, 2006

A group of nonprofit leaders working in the arts, advocacy, political organizing, social services, and education explored the connection between community organizing and creative expression by engaging in collective activities, including visiting various examples of community arts, and experimentation with their own practice. Through this process, the group concluded that arts could be socially transformative; that community arts can create a safe space that allows people to trust and be open to changing; that art can help people reflect together and not talk past one another; and that the process of creating together can be healing and sustaining.

Classroom Examples

Spotlight on Arts Education Grantmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area

October 1, 2005

This Spotlight includes side by side comparisons of arts education giving by primary purpose and by target population, illustrating how funding in the Bay Area compares with funding nationally. A mini-directory of selected San Francisco Bay Area foundations making arts education grants in the Bay Area provides basic contact information along with selected grants.

Funding Trends

Spotlight on Arts Education Grantmaking in Ohio

September 30, 2005

This Spotlight includes side by side comparisons of arts education giving by primary purpose and by target population, illustrating how funding in the state compares with funding nationally. A mini-directory of selected Ohio and non-Ohio foundations making arts education grants in Ohio provides basic contact information along with selected grants.

Funding Trends

How Theater is Building Bridges in Diverse Communities: Cornerstone Theater Company

January 6, 2005

For over 15 years, Bill Rauch and the Cornerstone Theater Company have been creating theater productions that explore issues of race and prejudice. Members of the ensemble travel to communities throughout the country. They engage community members from all walks of life to help create and perform plays that reflect their local experiences and build bridges. The Company produces commissioned and contemporary works as well as classics.

Classroom Examples

After-School Pursuits: The Executive Summary

March 30, 2004

This document summarizes the major findings from P/PV's Examination of Outcomes in the San Francisco Beacon Initiative.

Student Outcomes

Arts in Education: From National Policy to Local Community Action

April 1, 1994

If the national arts education landscape has you confused, you are not alone. There are more AIE policy committees and task forces than ever before. This is also an exciting time, with new resources and increased attention to the arts as a catalyst for improving the country's schools.Doug Herbert, Director of the Arts in Education Program at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) begins this monograph with a guided tour of the national arts education scene. He describes the initiatives and partnerships that are shaping the policy and agenda for the arts in our children's education. He brings into focus the current momentum for supporting the arts as essential to education reform.Tip O'Neil said, All politics is local. All change is local, too. Local communities bring to life the national AIE policy with the excellent work already in progress across the country. To help bridge the gap between the national scene and the local level, the Monograph profiles five communities that are making the arts central in their local schools. Schools, together with local arts agencies and arts organizations, are transforming teaching and learning, and redefining the role of the arts community in education, with a variety of funding and partnership strategies. These local initiatives are described in the second part of the Monograph.There are many challenges for local arts agencies that plan to invest in arts education partnerships. Nancy Welch, Senior Research Specialist for the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, and Paul Fisher, Director of the Arts in Education Program of the Tucson/Pima Arts Council, conclude this Monograph by considering these challenges and the decisions that must be made at the local level to create a vital cycle of local arts education partnerships making the arts a part of the core curriculum.The Monograph ends with a bibliography and resource guide that includes a glossary of the national arts and education agencies, organizations and task forces discussed by Doug Herbert.

Classroom Examples