Arts Education

Arts Education Grantmakers in the Arts is committed to ensuring that all students have access to quality arts education. Research shows that access to arts education supports higher graduation rates, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and future arts participation. Yet low income students and students of color continue to lack access to everyday instruction in the arts while in school. GIA provides information, training, research, and other resources to support arts education funders in furthering their work and the field as a whole.

August 22, 2017 by Monica

The Arts Education Partnership has shared the results of a successful effort to expand the use of Title I funds for arts education in more than 40 schools California. The initiative by the California Alliance for Arts Education has worked “to support schools and districts in embracing the arts among their strategies for achieving Title I goals and realizing the benefits of arts education for students evidenced in arts education research.”

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August 18, 2017 by Monica

From The Washington Post:

The remaining members of a presidential arts and humanities panel resigned on Friday in yet another sign of growing national protest of President Trump’s recent comments on the violence in Charlottesville.

Members of the President’s Committee are drawn from Broadway, Hollywood, and the broader arts and entertainment community and said in a letter to Trump that “Your words and actions push us all further away from the freedoms we are guaranteed.”

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August 18, 2017 by Monica

From The Washington Post:

The remaining members of a presidential arts and humanities panel resigned on Friday in yet another sign of growing national protest of President Trump’s recent comments on the violence in Charlottesville.

Members of the President’s Committee are drawn from Broadway, Hollywood, and the broader arts and entertainment community and said in a letter to Trump that “Your words and actions push us all further away from the freedoms we are guaranteed.”

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July 20, 2017 by Monica

The US House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) appropriations legislation on July 19, 2017. GIA’s federal policy firm, Penn Hill Group (Washington, DC), has provided a detailed memo with an overview of opening statements and amendments offered during the markup as well as a summary of the major education and related provisions of the legislation and Committee Report.

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July 11, 2017 by Monica
An article in The Denver Post cites data from a report by Fidelity Charitable pointing to the fact that “women of all ages and stages of life are more generous than their male counterparts”: The data reported by this study indicate significant changes and opportunities in philanthropy –now and in the long term. As women continue to acquire more education, career opportunities, leadership positions and wealth (both earned and inherited), their desire and capacity to play a meaningful role in philanthropy will grow proportionately. Read More...
July 5, 2017 by Monica

An article in EdSource discusses the challenges affecting arts education in California, using recent data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress:

Students in the western U.S., which covers 13 states including California, showed slight improvements in their overall arts and music scores since 2008, but lagged in arts enrollment, with arts attendance dropping from 35 percent in 2008 to 33 percent in 2016. By contrast, almost 70 percent of students in the northeast were enrolled in a music or art class.
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June 16, 2017 by Monica

Registration is now open for the 2017 Arts Education Partnership Annual Convening: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success taking place Sept. 6-7 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The 2017 AEP Annual Convening will bring together administrators, advanced practitioners, policymakers, consultants, directors and researchers to share their work supporting the role and contribution of the arts in preparing all students for success in school, work and life.

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June 9, 2017 by admin
For more than a decade, members of GIA have urged the Grantmakers for Education membership to better recognize the positive impact arts education classes and programs afford to good teaching, good learning, and an overall well-rounded education for students. Arts education advocates hoped to see more sessions at Grantmakers for Education conferences highlighting the value of arts education and more collaboration between arts education funders and education funders. Read More...
June 8, 2017 by Monica

On June 6, 2017, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education and Related Agencies heard testimony from U.S. Department of Education (ED) Secretary Betsy DeVos on the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 proposed budget for ED. [Webcast of the hearing]

Key Issues Discussed:

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June 7, 2017 by Monica

The Education Commission of the States has released a detailed report highlighting the ways that states and districts can engage the arts in the ongoing work of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Designed to continue growing as ESSA implementation proceeds, this report currently contains chapters exploring the opportunities for arts education within the following topics: Accountability, Assessments, Stakeholder Engagement, State Plans, Tiers of Evidence, Title I, and a Well-Rounded Education.

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