Arts Education Funders Coalition

June 2013
Janet Brown, Richard Kessler, Julie Fry
Published in: GIA Reader, Vol 24, No 2 (Summer 2013)

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.