Arts education in America: What the declines mean for arts participation

February 2011
Nick Rabkin, E.C. Hedberg
This report, commissioned from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, investigates the relationship between arts education and arts participation, based on data from the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts for 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2008. The report also examines long-term declines in Americans’ reported rates of arts learning—in creative writing, music, and the visual arts, among other disciplines. Authors Nick Rabkin and E.C. Hedberg find that the declines are not distributed evenly across all racial and ethnic groups. February 2011. 56 pp.

Thought Leader Forum on Arts and Education: Assuring Equitable Arts Learning in Urban K-12 Public Schools

June 2010
Hosted by Grantmakers in the Arts and Grantmakers for Education
Sponsored by The Target Corporation and the Kirkpatrick Foundation, Inc.
The theme of the Forum: Assuring equitable arts learning in urban K-12 public schools was jointly determined by Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) and Grantmakers for Education (GFE) who served as co-hosts for the event. GIA and GRE hosted a total of 30 funders representing private foundations, corporations, and public agencies who support the arts, education, or both, through arts education funding initiatives. Context and provocation was provided by Cyrus Driver, director of Program Learning and Innovation at the Ford Foundation, Nick Rabkin, senior research scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago, David Sherman, consultant to the American Federation of Teachers, and Richard Kessler, executive director of the Center for Arts Education. The meeting was facilitated by John McCann, president, Partners in Performance, Inc. This first in a series of Grantmakers in the Arts Thought Leader Forums was held on June 24, 2010 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Art of Social Imagination: A Discussion of New Creative Community

Spring 2007
with Nick Rabkin, Jennifer Williams, Jamie Haft, and Arlene Goldbard; facilitated and edited by Dudley Cocke
Published in: GIA Reader, Vol 18, No 1 (Spring 2007)

Putting the Arts in the Picture: Reframing Education in the Twenty-first Century

Spring 2005
Nick Rabkin and Robin Redmond, editors Reviewed by Beth Feldman Brandt, Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation
Published in: GIA Reader, Vol 16, No 1 (Spring 2005)