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.

July 3, 2012 by Steve

A good information resource from Arts Education Partnership:

June 27, 2012 by Steve

Diane Ravitch responds, on her blog, to a piece in Education Week that asserts that multiple-choice standardized tests are sufficient to assess arts education:

I understand and embrace the idea of cultural literacy, but I don’t think that multiple-choice standardized tests are the best way to teach it or to assess it. If a teacher of music wants students to understand the differences between Mozart and Schoenberg, the best way to do that is to listen to their music and discuss the differences. If the teacher of the arts wants students to understand the differences between classical Greek and Roman architecture, the best way to do it is to view it and discuss it.
June 21, 2012 by admin
He sat less than two feet away, with just the bare table between us. Everything seemed to be going well. We were talking about the value of creativity and innovation in education, commerce, and culture, and how incorporating creativity principles into curriculum development would improve school culture across his district. There were fervent nods of agreement, as we seemed unified in our conviction of the importance of creativity in developing twenty-first-century learning skills. Read More...
May 31, 2012 by Steve


The Fordham Institute recently released “Pricing the Common Core: How Much Will Smart Implementation Cost?”, a report analyzing different methods of adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how much each would cost.

May 29, 2012 by Steve

19 States Approved So Far; 17 States and Washington, D.C., Currently Under Review; Other States Can Still Apply

The Obama administration approved eight additional states for flexibility from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange for state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership. Today's announcement brings the number of states with waivers to 19. Eighteen additional applications are still under review.

May 25, 2012 by Steve

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino joins Laura Perille, Executive Director of EdVestors, in supporting the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative. The Initiative recently announced its receipt of a $4 million Wallace grant: