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

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

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

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

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