The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) spent the last 18 months conducting an in-depth review of the current challenges and opportunities facing arts education and they recently released Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools.
The Summary and Recommendations is a good advocacy tool with a good summary of the educational backdrop and recent research. One paragraph in particular caught my eye:
Arts education is a solution to many of these problems that has been hiding in plain sight. This is largely because it remains siloed, from the macro to the micro level. At the policy level, arts education advocacy is seen as something different and separate from the larger conversation of educational reform. And in schools, arts specialists classes are too often marginalized as something that gives the classroom teachers a planning period, while teaching artists are asked to parachute in and out in two or three week residencies, without ever being able to build relationships and integrate into the school community. But in fact, the potential of arts education lies in exactly the opposite—a seamless marriage of arts education strategies with overall educational goals, a vibrant collaboration between arts specialists, classroom teachers and teaching artists to create collaborative, creative environments that allow each child to reach his or her potential, using all the tools at our disposal to reach and engage them in learning.
The one shortcoming is the case study used for recommendation #3. You can download the summary and recommendations (look for the very small link at the end of the paragraph) or the whole report at http://www.pcah.gov/
The second item is A Snapshot of Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 2009–10 – First Look. This report provides selected national data on the status of arts education in public elementary and secondary schools. The last one was ten years ago.
Using its Fast Response Survey System (FRSS), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) conducted the surveys during the 2009–10 school year. You can download the report at http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2011078