Arts Education

Arts Education Grantmakers in the Arts is committed to ensuring that all students have access to quality arts education. Research shows that access to arts education supports higher graduation rates, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and future arts participation. Yet low income students and students of color continue to lack access to everyday instruction in the arts while in school. GIA provides information, training, research, and other resources to support arts education funders in furthering their work and the field as a whole.

May 15, 2014 by Steve

Around 60 new education advocacy organizations have emerged across the United States in the last two decades. At a free lecture in New York City on May 20th, scholar Paul Manna, co-author of an upcoming report on the organizations, will reflect on these and other questions.

Manna, associate professor, government and public policy, College of William and Mary, will reflect on the basic characteristics of these new education advocacy organizations and the diverse roles they have come to play in state education policy debates.

May 12, 2014 by Steve

South Arts has released the results of multi-year research investigating arts education in the South.

May 9, 2014 by Steve

Educator and writer Peter Greene, writing form Huffington Post:

April 25, 2014 by Steve

On April 23, 2014, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) held a briefing on improving the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The four panelists spoke of their states’ efforts with teacher professional development, accountability systems and responses to Common Core pushback, among other topics.


April 24, 2014 by Steve

Since 1995, I have been a huge fan of A+ Schools based on Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences and using art specialist working with classroom teachers to develop joint curriculum. Here's a great video on how and why it works. Janet Brown, President & CEO

April 9, 2014 by Steve

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has released a new report, “State of the Arts: A Plan to Boost Arts Education in New York City,” a first-of-its-kind, school-by-school breakdown that reveals unequal access to arts education for children living in some of the City’s lowest-income communities and violations of State Education mandate governing middle and high school arts teachers.

March 25, 2014 by Steve

The Department of Education’s Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) program supports the implementation of high-quality model professional development programs in elementary and secondary education for music, dance, drama, media arts, or visual arts, including folk arts, for educators and other arts instructional staff of kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) students in high-poverty schools.

March 13, 2014 by Steve

From Asheley McBride, Management and Program Analyst for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement:

The Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant program released its Notice Inviting Applications for new FY 2014 grant awards on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in the Federal Register.
February 25, 2014 by Steve

From Mark W. Anderson, reporting for NBC Chicago:

A new survey of 170 Chicago public elementary schools by Raise Your Hand Illinois found that 65 percent do not offer the expected minimum of two hours of arts education per week, as stated by both Mayor Emanuel and CPS officials.