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Latest Resources From the Field: April 12, 2012

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Apr 11, 2012


NCES Report: Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-2010
For the first time in ten years, the National Center for Education Statistics has released benchmarking data on the current state of arts education in public schools. The report contains a section on arts activities outside of regular school hours and school-community partnerships. Read the full report (PDF).

Read Responses to Report:

  • Huffington Post Education: Elementary School Arts Classes Reduced, Report Says Read
  • NPR Music: Music Education in Public Schools Gets a Passing Grade Read
  • Arts Blog: Ten Years Later: A Puzzling Picture of Arts Education in America Read
  • U.S. Department of Education: Remarks from U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan Read

NEA Report: The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies

According to the report, at-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement. Read the full report (PDF).

Read responses to the report:

  • Washington Post: NEA Study Finds Arts Engagement Helps Low-Income Youth Read
  • Education Week: Arts Engagement Linked to Academic, Civic Benefits Read

2012 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report
This 4th annual report on nonprofits and social networks summarizes responses from 3,522 nonprofits. The report includes the average cost and value of a Facebook "like," the average community size on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and 4Square, the top three factors for nonprofit success on social networks, three future trends to watch, and much more. The report is available for free download. Learn more.


Available Online: John Easton's Keynote Address from the NAEA 2012 National Conference
John Easton, the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, delivered a keynote address at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) 2012 National Conference in New York City where he shared his thoughts on the arts' role in education and a research agenda to aid education leaders in decision making. Read the full speech.


Arts Blog: Ten Reasons to Support the Arts in 2012 (ArtsWatch)
Now that arts advocacy season is upon us, Randy Cohen, vice president of research and policy for Americans for the Arts, has updated his top ten list for 2012, bringing you ten compelling arguments to help you make the case for arts education. The list includes true prosperity, improved academic performance, healthcare, stronger communities, and more. Read more.

New York Times: NEA Is Said to Cut Aid to Arts Programs on PBS
Earlier this week, the New York Times reported on NEA budget cuts, scheduled to take effect April 25, which will have a profound impact on PBS programming. Art21, the producer of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" is among the programs to be hit the hardest, with a $90,000 decrease in funding from the previous year. Read More.

Huffington Post Impact: Paradise Lost: Can We Keep Nonprofits From Failing?
Entrepreneurship and innovation are the key ingredients missing from the nonprofit model, posits Richard Dare, CEO and managing director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. "The next step in our evolution may require new forms of partnership, innovation, and testing of blended models, to help us find the optimal formula for success in our own time." Read more.

ArtsJournal: Engaging Matters: Altar Call
In Response to If Our Goal Is Simply to Preserve Our Current Reality, Why Pursue It?
Doug Borwick responds to Diane Ragsdale's February ArtsJournal post, in which she suggests that the most important difference between the U.S. arts education system and that of Finland is that the U.S. is focused on creating star performers, where as Finland is focused on creating social equity. Borwick rallies to Ragsdale's cry for a U.S. system more willing to change and open to socially equitable innovation. Read More.

Huffington Post Education: Line Dalile: How Schools Are Killing Creativity
Line Dalile, a fourteen year old student, speaks out about practices ingrained in teaching methods that she believes are killing creativity later in life. She sites grading art projects and asking students to "color within the lines" as two examples of what could contribute to an adult one day claiming with utter conviction "I can't draw." Dalile suggests creativity is something that cannot and should not be measured at this early stage. Read more.

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