From Alyson Klein, writing for Education Week:
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.
By Alyson Klein at Education Week:
The US House of Representatives passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act conference report last night, December 2, 2015, by a strong vote – 359 to 64. The Senate is expected to take the bill up next week.
This bill is a big win for arts education. Specifically, this bill would:
From Melissa Bailey of the Boston Globe:
Arts Education Partnership has released The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education. The document serves as the blueprint for the collective work of the Arts Education Partnership for the next five years. This and other important information is all part of the new AEP ArtsEd Digest.
Theatre Forward released a report, "Unmasking Business Success: Executive Perceptions of Arts Engagement and Workforce Skills." The research commissioned from Shugoll Research found that executives believe there is a strong link between an person's exposure to arts education and their potential for professional success.
The Bush Foundation is making several major investments to advance ideas to improve postsecondary success for students of all backgrounds in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography. The new investments will help expand strategies with a proven record of success and launch new ideas with potential to transform the education system.
In June 2015, Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD), California's largest K-6 district serving nearly 30,000 children, announced its decision to reinstate in-school visual and performing arts (VAPA) education at every school. With a $15 million commitment divided over three years, the district has designed a framework that uses sequential arts instruction for every student to free classroom teachers for collaboration and planning time.