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Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts

During the past decade, arts advocates have relied on an instrumental approach to the benefits of the arts in arguing for support of the arts. This research brief evaluates these arguments and asserts that a new approach is needed that offers a more comprehensive view of how the arts create private and public value, underscores […]
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Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts That Value the Arts (1999)

This is the first national study to look at arts education on the school district level. The study’s central finding from the educators who were interviewed is that “the single most critical factor in sustaining arts education in their schools is the active involvement of influential segments of the community in shaping and implementing the […]
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From Anecdote to Evidence: Assessing the Status and Condition of Arts Education at the State Level

Without solid evidence about the status and condition of arts education in the nation’s public schools, it is difficult to make a convincing case for the arts. This research and policy brief draws on the experiences Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Washington researchers had conducting statewide arts education research and reviews their various […]
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Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development (2002)

This Compendium summarizes and discusses 62 research studies that examine the effects of arts learning on students social and academic skills. Link: http://orders.balmar.com/aep/entrance.asp?CompanyID=55&TSearch=AEP-018
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Condition of Education 2007

The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released its 2007 annual report on the condition of education in the U.S. “The Condition of Education 2007” includes 48 indicators in five major areas: participation in education, learner outcomes, student effort and educational progress, elementary and secondary education contexts, postsecondary education contexts It also […]
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Choices, Changes, and Challenges: Curriculum and Instruction in the NCLB Era, 2007

This report from the Center on Education Policy examines the amount of time spent during the school week on core academic subjects and how that allocation of time across subjects has changed since school year 2001-02 when NCLB was enacted. The report finds that approximately 62% of school districts increased the amount of time spent […]
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Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning (1999)

Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning (1999) This report compiles seven major studies that provide new evidence of enhanced learning and achievement when students are involved in a variety of arts experiences. Link to PDF: http://www.aep-arts.org/files/publications/ChampsReport.pdf
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Arts Survive

This three year national study investigated why some arts education partnerships between schools and professional artists and/or cultural institutions survive and others do not. It worked to provide a greater understanding of what survival means to arts education partnerships, as well as determining what is essential to build and sustain them. Link: http://www.pz.harvard.edu/Research/ArtsSv.htm
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Acts of Achievement: The Role of Performing Art Centers in Education

From The Dana Foundation Acts of Achievement: The Role of Performing Art Centers in Education This 168-page publication, provides the first study of K-12 education programs offered by performing arts centers nationwide. It showcases how 74 large and small performing art center institutions partner with their local schools. Link: http://www.dana.org
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Action Alert: Stand Up and Speak Out for Arts Education, modified for Tacoma Public Schools

Email the Tacoma School Board and superintendent asking them to preserve the arts facilitator position.
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