Mind the Gap:

SNAAP—Tracking Results of Intensive Arts Training

Tuesday, October 20, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Organized by Debbie McNulty, grant officer, The Houston Endowment; Klare Shaw, senior associate, Barr Foundation; Ellen B. Rudolph, program director for arts, Surdna Foundation.

Moderated by Klare Shaw. Presented by Ellen B. Rudolph; Myla Churchill, adjunct professor, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; George Kuh, chancellor’s professor, Indiana University School of Education & director, Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP); Jean Shin, artist; Steven J. Tepper, senior scholar, Strategic National Arts Alumni Project & associate director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy, Vanderbilt University.

To be nationally launched in 2010, the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) will provide the first national data on how artists develop in this country (including obstacles as well as supports). Panelists from SNAAP will discuss how these never-before-surveyed details of artistic development and career paths will identify the factors needed to better connect arts training to artistic careers, and the value of intensive arts training for those who choose other paths. Information gathered will benefit arts training institutions, policy makers, and arts leaders, as well as parents and students considering intensive arts training. In addition, data will assist government entities, funding organizations, and arts leaders in making investment decisions in education, training and resource allocation.

The Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, the IU Center for Survey Research, and the Vanderbilt University Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy are leading the project. Discussion will include results of the first round of testing.

Related Links:

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP)