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Michigan Arts Education Survey

September 13, 2012: Michigan Youth Arts, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Michigan Department of Education, and ArtServe Michigan today released the results of the first comprehensive study of arts education in Michigan schools. The survey set out to determine: What is the status of arts education at the school building level?  What role does arts education play in overall school curriculum? How do arts education programs vary between schools?

Jennifer H. Goulet, President and CEO of ArtServe Michigan, commenting on the survey findings said, "The academic curriculum must include opportunities for all children to have access to learning through the arts, regardless of their geography or fiscal health of their schools, communities or families. Learning through the arts shapes young minds to be innovative problem-solvers, develops valuable teamwork skills, and strengthens academic achievement across the curriculum."

      To learn more about this survey click here

MAAE Newsletter
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Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best

Edutopia is an extensive website which deals with What Works in Education through the George Lucas Educational Foundation. This particular article, Why Arts Education is Crucial, and Who's Doing it Best, is germane and timely. Once on the site the reader will find many and varied categories to pursue and peruse. Check it out here.

Congressional Arts Handbook 2010

Published by Americans for the Arts, this Congressional Arts Handbook 2010 should be a useful tool. It contains a Directory of National Cosponsors, Issue briefs: BY2011 Interior Appropriations; Issue Briefs: FY 2011 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations; Issue Briefs: Tax Policy; U.S. House of Representatives Voting Record; U.S. Senate Voting Record; Directories of the Congressional Arts Caucus & Senate Culture Caucus; U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Contact Information, and much more. Check it out here.

Parents for the Arts Advisory: Outreach that Resonates and Motivates

A new research study spearheaded by Douglas Gould and Company, executed by FDR Group, and funded by the Ford Foundation, identifies what motivates parents to act on behalf of arts education. The results of this study are presented in the arts advocacy guide: Parents for the Arts Advisory: Outreach that Resonates and Motivates, which offers messaging and recommendations on how to talk to parents about the value of arts education, and empower them to be active advocates for arts in schools.

To see this guide (pdf format) click here

Mapping the Future of Arts Education

Recommendations for policy makers, K-12 educators, higher education, artists, and citizens, based on the 2006 Status of Arts Education Survey of Mississippi's K-12 Schools

This publication was funded in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Wallace Foundation, and is a product of the Take Part! Project.

To read this document in pdf format, click here

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>Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student AchievementWhy is it so important to keep the arts strong in our schools? How does the study of the arts contribute to student achievement and success?

These and other important questions are addressed in a new booklet published by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) in collaboration with the Arts Education Partnership (AEP). Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement responds to the needs of policymakers, educators, parents and advocates for fact-based, non-technical language documenting the most current and compelling research on the value of arts learning experiences.

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2006 Arts Education Partnership

New Publication, check it out here

Third Space tells the riveting story of the profound changes in the lives of kids, teachers, and parents in ten economically disadvantaged communities across the country that place their bets on the arts as a way to create great schools. The schools become caring communities where kids - many of whom face challenges of poverty, the need to learn English, and to surmount learning difficulties - thrive and succeed and where teachers find new joy and satisfaction in teaching.

“One cannot help but wonder what our schools – and our society for that matter – would be like if all students had the opportunities of students described in this wondrous volume.”
Cyrus Driver, Ford Foundation

For more information, click here.

2004 Take Part! Community Audit Report

View findings of A Community Audit for Arts Education conducted during 2004 in five select Mississippi communities: Cleveland, Meridian, Oxford, Picayune and Stone County.

To read the full report in pdf format click here

March 2004

Funding and Policy Update from the Arts Education Partnership

No Subject Left Behind:
 A Guide to Arts Education Opportunities in the 2001 NCLB Act

This document serves as a guide for state and local arts and education leaders to learn more about the federal No Child Left Behind Act and the multiple opportunities for arts education. It provides a brief overview of the legislation including where to find specific references to the arts, descriptions of individual programs with arts specific examples that have received funding, and links to web sites for additional information. Updated in 2004, the latest version includes fiscal year 2004 appropriation figures, new program descriptions such as Supplemental Services, and an easy-to-navigate table of contents (click on Bookmarks on the left side of your screen). Originally offered in 2002, No Subject Left Behind has been a work in progress and it may continue to be updated periodically. No Subject Left Behind is available in PDF format. If you do not have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat, click here to download a free copy.

No Subject Left Behind is a collaborative effort of the following organizations: Arts Education Partnership, American Arts Alliance, American Association of Museums, American Symphony Orchestra League, Americans for the Arts, Association of Art Museum Directors, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Dance/USA, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/ Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, MENC: The National Association for Music Education, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, OPERA America, Theatre Communications Group, VSA Arts.

April 2003

The Arts Education Partnership publication For the Greater Good: Frameworks for Advancing State Arts Education Partnerships features the MAAE. To download and read the document, go to:

The strategies of this initiative as stated in its forward:

  • To explore what state-level arts education support networks could accomplish.
  • To foster the professional development and leadership skills of state arts agency arts education managers.
  • To enhance communication and the sharing of information about arts education.

A National Assembly of State Arts Agencies' report documents what was learned during a November 2001 workshop that brought together leaders from the state-level arts education support networks in Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio and South Carolina. These leaders, representing state arts agencies, state alliances for arts education and state departments of education, assessed, shared and analyzed their successes and challenges so that other states interested in advancing their own arts education relationships could have a road map. (Source of quote:  www.nasaa-arts.org)

November 2002

The Arts Education Partnership is pleased to announce three new publications that are available for download in PDF format from the website http://www.aep-arts.org.

  • Teaching Partnerships: Report of a National Forum on Partnerships Improving Teaching of the Arts
  • Envisioning Arts Assessment
  • Transforming Education Through the Arts

August 2002

Critical Links: Learning  in the Arts and Student Academic Achievement and Social Development
The nation's schools are being challenged to make sure "no child is left behind" as they strive to help all students reach the level of achievement essential for success in school, work, and life in the 21st century.

This new Compendium of arts education research studies explores critical links between learning in the arts and the nation's ability to successfully meet this goal.

Critical Links, for the first time, brings together a group of studies focused on understanding the cognitive capacities developed in learning and practicing the arts and the relationship of those capacities to students' academic performance and social development.

Compendium studies also examine achievement motivations, attitudes, and dispositions toward learning and fostered through learning and practicing the arts and the link between these motivations and academic performance and social development.

The studies suggest that for certain populations--including young children, students from economically disadvantaged circumstances, and students needing remedial instruction--learning in the arts may be uniquely able to advance learning success in other areas.

Critical Links is available to download for your convenience in .pdf files. Click on link below for summary and downloads.

Source: Arts Education Partnership

June 2002
Arts and Economic Prosperity

Arts and Economic Prosperity, a study by Americans for the Arts that confirms the role of the nonprofit arts as an economic engine in large and small communities across the country. The study reports an annual $134 billion generated in national economic activity and 4.85 million equivalent full-time jobs supported. For more information, click here.

 August 2002
Planning an Arts-Centered School:
 A Handbook

Planning an Arts-Centered School: A Handbook is comprised of eighteen essays by artists and educators highlighting best practices and offering approaches from their varied experiences in the development of successful arts-centered schools. There is also a prolegomenon and an opening commentary.

The Handbook was designed to guide organizations in essential issues including: curriculum development, governance, funding, assessment, and community participation. Appendices offer valuable resource information.

Other Publications

  1. The Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education publishes a newsletter Arts InPrint three times a year. In addition, a new advocacy brochure was produced in January 2001. Copies of these publications, which highlight advocacy issues and arts education news in the state, are available by request from Lola Norris, Executive Director. 
    E-mail address: lola.norris@usm.edu
    Street address: 101 Carrie Road
    Hattiesburg, MS 39402
    Phone: (601) 268-6996

  2. The Arts Education Partnership and the President's Committee for the Arts and Humanities have published Gaining the Arts Advantage: More Lessons from School Districts that Value the Arts. The publication is a sequel to item #6 below. To order copies, e-mail aep@ccsso.org or call (202) 326-8693

  3. The Evidence Is In: The Arts Impact Learning by Richard J. Deasy and Harriet Mayor Fulbright. This commentary was published in the January 24, 2001 issue of Education Week and may be viewed on line at http://www.edweek.org.

  4. The Arts Beyond the School Day: Extending the Power is a report of the After-School Protocol Task Force released in November 2000. The report includes guidelines for quality after-school programs in the arts and represents a joint initiative of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) and the Kennedy Center's Partners in Education program. To request a copy call the KCAAEN National Office at (202) 416-8845.

  5. Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning compiles the results of seven major arts education research projects. The report is available on line at www.pcah.gov

  6. Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts That Value Arts Education provides arts education supporters with both evidence of why the arts are critical to teaching and learning and how to build strong district-wide arts education. Visit www.aep-arts.org to learn more.

  7. Learning Partnerships: Improving Learning in Schools with Arts Partners in the Community offers guidance to community leaders from the arts, education, business, civic and government sectors who seek to combine their talents and resources in partnership to address the arts and arts education needs of the young people of their community. Copies may be ordered from the Chief State School Officers Publications Office by calling (202) 326-8693 or by e-mail: aep@ccsso.org. Web site: http://aep-arts.org.

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