(This is the final in a four-part stream on arts education advocacy and resources)
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, BECOME AN EXPERT
Below is a list (by topic) of some great inspiration, research, case studies and policy on arts education and related issues. Don’t be intimated by “public policy” it’s just another way of saying “health, happiness and quality of life” – and understanding the process is one of the keys to better civic agency.
MANIFESTOS / INSPIRATION / CALL TO ARMS
Sir Ken Robinson-TED Talk: Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
Jerome Kagan on Why the Arts Matter: Six Good Reasons for Advocating the Importance of Arts in School
Why Arts Education is a Matter of Social Justice and Why it will Save the World
WHAT SHOULD FAMILIES KNOW?
National Arts Education Association-Arts Education: Tips for Parent Advocacy
Involving Parents and Schools in Arts Education: Are We There Yet?
My Child, the Arts and Learning: A Guide for Parents PreK to Second Grade (available in nine different languages)
Five Habits of Highly Imaginative Families (written by RBI’s evaluation partner Dennie Palmer Wolfe)
From Risk to Resilience: Building the Social and Emotional Health of Oregon’s Most Vulnerable Young People
ARTS & STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
Staying In School: Arts Education & NYC High School Graduation Rates (2009-fantastic study by Center for Arts Ed in NYC)
Third Space: When Learning Matters (2005)
Crisis in the Kindergarten-Why Children Need to Play in School
ARTS IMPACT ON LEARNING
Neuroeducation: Learning, Arts and the Brain
Conversation and Silence: Transfer of Learning Through the Arts
Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development
Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning (1999)
Studio Thinking: How Visual Arts Teaching Can Promote Disciplined Habits of Mind (Project Zero study paper by Lois Hetland et al)
Learning for the 21st Century (Partnership for 21st Century Skills)
The Art of Collaboration: Promising Practices for Integrating the Arts and School Reform
Revitalizing Arts Education Through Community-Wide Coordination (Rand study investigating public-private arts ed initiatives in 6 urban US communities)
Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts That Value Arts Education
Into the Breach: How Creative Philanthropy Can Reverse the Eroding Landscape of Arts Education
GENERAL ADVOCACY & ARTS INFO
Kennedy Center’s Alliance for Arts Education Network’s Arts Education Advocacy Toolkit
Ongoing updates on arts education issues from Americans for the Arts
Keep Arts in Schools, the Web site for the Ford Foundation’s Integrating the Arts and Education Reform initiative.
Arts Education Partnership
Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts (Influential Rand report)
The Arts Education Council of Americans for the Arts’ Green Paper
Tim DuRoche is Director of Programs at the World Affairs Council of Oregon, member of The Right Brain Initiative’s Governing Committee, and Chair of Right Brain’s Advocacy Committee.