Assuring Equitable Arts Learning in Urban K-12 Public Schools

Monday, October 18, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Organized by Grantmakers in the Arts and Grantmakers for Education.

Moderated by John McCann, president, Partners in Performance. Presented by Julie Fry, program officer, Performing Arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Richard Kessler, executive director, Center for Arts Education; Nick Rabkin, Teaching Artist Research Project, NORC at the University of Chicago.

After 50 years of funding arts education, many urban schools are worse off today than in the past. In June 2010, GIA partnered with Grantmakers for Education to bring funders and education experts together to identify how private funders can interact positively with K-12 urban public schools to systemically enhance arts learning for all children. This session will outline recommendations made by presenters and actions proposed by the funders who participated in the discussion. Conference attendees are encouraged to add to the debate about how we can make the arts accessible in our urban public schools.