On Thursday, November 19, 2015, a public forum will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to release the findings of a study conducted by the Urban Institute and funded by The Heinz Endowments. The forum, Building Bridges to Economic Opportunity for African American Men, will provide a chance for public discussion of key findings from the report, “Barriers & Bridges: An Action Plan for Overcoming Obstacles and Unlocking Opportunities for African American Men,” that will be released during the forum. The forum is sponsored by The Heinz Endowments’ African American Men and Boys Task Force, and will take place at the Hill House Association’s Kaufmann Center in Pittsburgh. Learn more and register here.
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. Bruce Whitacre, executive director of Theatre Forward, shares on The Conference Board blog:
...since executives confirm that the workforce demands the skills the arts develop, we are creating a key opportunity gap for students in poor schools who have little or no access to arts engagement.
A brief video of the findings can be found here.