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Last Chance Summer Reading!: Arts Education Reading and Resources
Though summer weather is still going strong, the start of another school
year is right around the corner! As you begin planning for the fall, be
sure to check out these great resources for arts education:
Not in Kansas Anymore
Joyce DiDonato sounds off on the recent elimination of funding for the arts by her home state of Kansas.
The National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works Blog features Art Talk interviews with prominent artists. See what Sandra Radvanovsky has to say about arts education, gain new insights from Marna Stalcup of the Right Brain Initiative and hear how early experiences with arts education made a lasting impact on NEA staff.
The Heart of a Champion
Fourteen leading arts educators, administrators and advocates were recently honored by being named Champions of Change in Arts Education by President Barack Obama. Of special note are:
- Gigi Antoni, president and CEO of Big Thought
- Scott Dawson, community outreach and education director for the Clark State Community College Performing Arts Center (Springfield, OH)
- Ramon Gonzalez, principal of M.S. 223: The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology in the South Bronx
- Christine Harrison, principal of Millwood Arts Academy and Freshman Academy (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Dr. Kevin Maxwell, superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools (Maryland)
- Joan Katz Napoli, director of Education and Community Engagement for the Cleveland Orchestra
- Robbie Owen, principal of Rockwell Elementary School (Spanish Fort, AL)
- Amy Rasmussen, executive director of Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
If you’ve ever been inspired by a TED talk, stay tuned for more excitement! The organization is working up a TED-Ed Brain Trust to catalyze learning around the globe.
Social Learning and Lesson Plans
Sophia.org is a free social learning community devoted to education, and features many lesson plans in the visual and performing arts shared by members. Currently in beta testing, this site shows create promise as a portal for peer-learning among educators.
Arts Education Partnership (AEP) recently released What School Leaders Can Do To Increase Arts Education, which guides principals as they work to establish a school-wide commitment to arts learning, create an arts-rich learning environment and rethink the use of time and resources.
Heavier Reading: Research Reports
Three major reports were released earlier this spring and summer, and now is a great time to re-read them!
- The NEA recently released Arts Education in America: What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation as a follow-up to the . This report investigates declines in the reported rates of arts learning among Americans and explores the connection between arts education and participation in the arts.
- The U.S. Department of Education’s A Snapshot of Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 2009-2010 provides a first look at the level of access to arts instruction at public schools across the country, and at the teaching load of today’s arts specialists. Look for a follow-up report to come this fall comparing the 2009-2010 survey results to those from 10 years ago.
- The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities report Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future through Creative Schools recommends five actions be undertaken to advance arts education:
- Built collaborations among different approaches;
- Develop the field of arts integration;
- Expand in-school opportunities for teaching artists;
- Utilize federal and state policies to reinforce the place of the arts in K-12 education;
- Widen the focus of evidence gathering about arts education.
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