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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Profiles In Excellence: Case Studies of Exemplary Arts Education Partnerships

September 11, 2007

This monagraph is a supplement to Partners in Excellence, the National Guild's guide to structuring and managing community school of the arts/public school partnerships. It describes three exemplary programs: The Community Partnership in the Arts between Philadelphia's Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial (a visual arts organization) and George Washington Elementary SchoolThe Pathways to Performance Initiative partnership between MacPhail Center for Music and Whittier International Elementary School, both in Minneapolis, and the Wilder Research Foundation in St. PaulThe Partners in Arts Education Program, a multi-disciplinary partnership between Henry Street Settlement in New York and the Lower Manhattan Arts AcademyThe Guild chose to examine these partnerships for two reasons: 1) each exemplifies all the best-practices criteria described in Partners in Excellence and 2) each has a particular feature that makes it exceptional. We hope that the case studies of these three partnerships will inspire leaders in the field to continue to increase access to quality arts education by further developing their organizations' partnerships with America's public schools.

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Creative Communities Initiative Summary Report: Community Schools of the Arts and Public Housing -- Findings, Lessons Learned, and Strategies for Successful Partnerships

January 4, 2007

This 53-page report summarizes an independent, comprehensive evaluation of Creative Communities, a three-year collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. Creative Communities funded twenty community schools of the arts to partner with public housing authorities in twenty cities across the country. The report describes the initiative; summarizes its impact on students, teaching artists, partnering organizations, and communities; lays out successes and challenges; and offers strategies for sustaining such programs.

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Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit

January 1, 2007

Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit is a first-of-its-kind resource, offering the arts and aging fields detailed advice on the design, implementation and evaluation of professionally-led participatory arts programs for older adults. Such programs have been shown to produce significant general and mental health benefits for participants, and to strengthen community connections.The Toolkit describesthe benefits of art programs for older people;the existing services and organizations for arts and aging;best practices in designing, funding, implementing, sustaining and evaluating art programs for older people; andcase studies of outstanding programsThe Toolkit is a joint project of the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).The Tookit is available in English and Spanish. It may be downloaded online at Hard copies are also available for purchase through the National Guild at (212) 268-3337 ext. 16.

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Partners in Excellence: a guide to community school of the arts/ public school partnerships from inspiration to implementation

October 11, 2005

This handbook is intended to help leaders in both community arts schools and public schools understand what partnerships are, what benefits they offer, and how to structure and manage them. It covers the reasons to partner, planning and budgeting, fundraising and advocacy, content creation, professional development, evaluation and assessment. Worksheets and an annotated bibliography are provided.

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