The following research presents hard facts and thoughtful reporting around arts education issues.
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
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
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 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
This free publication details the importance of partnerships between classroom teachers and artists and how they build successful residencies in schools. It provides insight and concrete steps in using the ArtsConnection model. Link: http://www.dana.org/WorkArea/downloadasset.aspx?id=8104
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
This report examines what makes an effective and sustainable Arts and Education Partnership. It describes these relationships as a key ingredient in school improvement strategies and includes the important questions to address at each stage of development for successful arts education partnerships. Link to PDF: http://www.aep-arts.org/files/partnership/LearningPartnerships.pdf