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The following is a sample of the arts education resources available at the NEA’s website:

RESEARCH: Arts Education in America : What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation
This report investigates the relationship between arts education and arts participation and examines long-term declines in Americans’ reported rates of arts learning.

PODCAST: Creating a Sense of Belonging
Providence, Rhode Island’s, Community MusicWorks provides instrument instruction, leadership development, and other community-based programs to the distressed neighborhood in which it is located.

PODCAST: A Sense of Hope
An interview with Bert Crenca of Providence’s AS220 explores its ties to the community and its arts education program, AS220 Youth.

NEA ARTS MAGAZINE: Designs on the Future, The Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami, Florida DASH is ranked among the premier magnet schools in the country, and produces students who go on to success in both college and careers in design and the arts.

PUBLICATION: Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools: This report represents an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education.


The Surdna Foundation invites arts teachers from public arts high schools to apply for funding for artistic development through its Arts Teachers Fellowship Program (SATF). Eligible schools include specialized public arts high schools, as well as arts-focused, magnet and charter high schools. The program offers teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists, and stay current with new practices.

Action: The deadline to apply is November 14. For guidelines and to apply click here.

During the week of July 25, the White House has presented a select group of “Champions of Change”—leaders in arts education from across the country. Americans for the Arts, the Arts Education Partnership and the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities nominated some of the Champions that were eventually selected. This group of arts education leaders attended a roundtable discussion with members of the White House Office of Public Engagement, the President’s Committee and U.S. Department of Education to discuss ways to strengthen arts education. The Champions of Change initiative, started earlier this year, focuses on different initiatives and individuals, including veterans, NASA innovators, AIDS researchers and leaders in small business and clean energy during its 14-week history.

Action: Visit the White House website for more information.

New Federal Grants Supporting the Arts

July 26, 2011 Arts Education

Most everyone in the arts is familiar with the NEA, however, many may be less familiar with grants from other federal agencies that can benefit arts organizations. Two new federal grants are highlighted below: 1) Investing in Innovation (i3) – A grant derived from the $100 billion in stimulus funding that the U.S. Department of [...]

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Evaluation Grants for Youth Programs Available from Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation

July 13, 2011 Arts Education

The Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation’s (RMYF) mission is to identify and disseminate innovative and effective programs that help disadvantaged youth reach their full potential. RMYF evaluation grants are targeted toward innovative youth programs or innovative components of programs serving disadvantaged youth. The grants range from $5,000–$25,000 and are the only RMYF grants available to first [...]

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New Coalition will Lead the Revision of the National Standards for Arts Education

June 29, 2011 Advocacy from TCG & PAA

A newly formed partnership of organizations and states will lead the revision of the 1994 National Standards for Arts Education. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) plans to complete its work and release new, national voluntary arts education standards in the fall of 2012. The standards will describe what students should know and [...]

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Strategic National Arts Alumni Project 2010 Findings

June 7, 2011 Arts Education

Earlier this month, the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) released a report titled Forks in the Road: The Many Paths of Arts Alumni based on their 2010 research. SNAAP is an annual online survey, data management and institutional improvement system designed to enhance the impact of arts-school education. The project provides a comprehensive look [...]

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Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education Toolbox on Arts Learning Assessment

May 27, 2011 Arts Education

The Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) has launched an on-line toolbox as a new resource for improving assessment of student learning in the arts. After spending a year surveying and interviewing Chicago area arts organizations on their assessment strengths and weaknesses, CAPE identified a six step “road map” for improving practice: Step 1: Mission: [...]

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President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Releases “Reinvesting in Arts Education” Report

May 27, 2011 Arts Education

On May 6, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) released its first major publication under the Obama Administration, titled, Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future through Creative Schools. The report includes a foreword by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in which he says, “To succeed today and in the future, [...]

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U. S. Department of Education Releases Report on Arts Education—A Snapshot of Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 2009–10

May 27, 2011 Arts Education

The National Center on Education Statistics (NCES), in partnership with the Office of Innovation and Improvement, completed the first survey in ten years of the condition of K-12 arts education. Both principals and teachers–arts specialists as well as elementary classroom teachers–were surveyed during the 2009-2010 school year. The May 2 web-only “First Look” release contains [...]

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