The National Endowment for the Arts has released an important new study analyzing arts education as it relates to arts engagement and arts participation. Arts Education in America: What the Decline Means for Arts Participation, authored by Nick Rabkin and E.C. Hedberg, examines long-term declines in Americans’ reported rates of arts learning and they find that the declines are not distributed evenly across all racial and ethnic groups. In fact, the study notes that “while the decline of childhood arts education among white children is relatively insignificant, the declines for African American and Hispanic children are quite substantial, with a 49% decline for African American children and 40% decline for Hispanic children.”

This Education Week commentary takes a look at the report.

In our April issue of our e-news, trACTION, we’ll further explore these inequities of the provision of arts in our schools. Now is a great opportunity to subscribe to trACTION, which includes timely and relevant news and updates on ArtsEd Washington’s efforts to advance systemic change within K-12 schools around arts education.