Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools

May 6, 2011

Calls for advancing arts education as part of a comprehensive K-12 curriculum and details recommendations, including building collaborations among various approaches, developing the arts integration field, and expanding teaching opportunities for artists.
  • Successful Strategies: Arts education is associated with increased academic achievement, school engagement, and creative thinking.
  • Successful Strategies: Arts integration models, the practice of teaching across classroom subjects in tandem with the arts, have yielded particularly promising results in school reform and closing the achievement gap.
  • Observation: There is enormous variety in the delivery of arts education across the country, with areas of visionary activity flourishing in some locations and inequities in access increasing in others.
  • Observation: Recommendations for advancing arts education include: 1) building collaborations among different approaches; 2) developing the field of arts integration; 3) expanding in-school opportunities for teaching artists; 4) utilizing federal and state policies to reinforce the place of arts in K-12 education; and 5) widening the focus of evidence gathering about arts education.
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