The following research presents hard facts and thoughtful reporting around arts education issues.

How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition

Does education in the arts transfer to seemingly unrelated cognitive abilities? Researchers are finding evidence that it does. Michael Posner argues that when children find an art form that sustains their interest, the subsequent strengthening of their brains’ attention networks can improve cognition more broadly. Link: http://www.dana.org/news/cerebrum/detail.aspx?id=23206

Research Projects: Arts

Project Zero's mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as in humanistic and scientific disciplines, at individual and institutional levels. Link: http://www.pz.harvard.edu/Research/ResearchArts.htm

Arts Education Partnership

The Arts Education Partnership provides information and communication about current and emerging arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels. Link: http://www.aep-arts.org

Third Space (2005)

Third Space tells the riveting story of the profound changes in the lives of kids, teachers, and parents in ten economically disadvantaged communities across the country that place their bets on the arts as a way to create great schools. The schools become caring communities where teachers find new joy and satisfaction in teaching and

Lincoln Center Institute Project

From Project Zero , a research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Lincoln Center Institute Project Curricular Frameworks in Aesthetic Education was an artist-in-residence program designed to expose students to the arts, and to immerse students and teachers in an intensive aesthetic education program Link to PDF: http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/2005/RAND_RB9106.pdf