Education minus art? Such an equation equals schooling that fails to value ingenuity and innovation. The word art, derived from an ancient Indo-European root that means "to fit together," suggests as much. Art is about fitting things together: words, images, objects, processes, thoughts, historical epochs. (from Art in Schools Inspires Tomorrow's Creative Thinkers )
The following listing only scratches the surface of publications available to advocate for arts education and support the professional development of arts educators.
Visit the Arts Education Partnership Publications page for additional resources.
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is currently spearheading the revision of the national standards for arts education for the first time since their creation in 1994, and this presents a significant opportunity to highlight the overlap between the Common Core’s objectives and the practices of arts-based learning. Given the central role that the Common Core standards are playing in education and school reform initiatives nationwide, it is a priority of the Coalition to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Core Arts Standards relate clearly, directly, and meaningfully to the Common Core, and that these connections are actively considered as a part of the standards writing process. In an effort to inform the work of the standards writers, College Board researchers undertook a study of the Common Core standards as they relate to arts-based learning.
This narrative document outlines the grounding philosophy, primary goals, dynamic processes, structures, and outcomes that shape student learning and achievement in
dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts, as articulated in the 2013 National Core Arts Standards.
The Guiding Principles for the Arts – Grades K-12 (by David Coleman)
Developed by one of the authors of the Common Core State Standards, the seven Guiding Principles for the Arts outlined in this document should guide development of curriculum modules and accompanying materials. Please note the connections drawn in these principles to literacy and other areas of study.
Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learningg
Published by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, along with the Arts Education Partnership. This collection of seven independent research projects highlights important findings in the field of arts education, in both school settings and out-of-school settings. These reports provide keys to better understand "the impact of the arts on learning, not just on formal education."
Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement
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.
Delaware Visual and Performing Arts Standards
Developed by the Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Framework Commission and published by the Delaware Department of Education. These standards, approved by the State Board of Education in November 1997, serve as the foundation for all arts education statewide. They identify what students should know and be able to do in the arts, and they serve as the basis upon which to assess student learning in the arts.
Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Arts Education
Published by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, along with the Arts Education Partnership. This report features 91 school districts from around the nation that exemplify a strong district-wide commitment to arts education. The study includes the principal factors that contribute to a meaningful arts education program.
Gaining the Arts Advantage: More Lessons from School Districts that Value Arts Education
Follow-up report on schools presented in the original research for Gaining the Arts Advantage.
Learning Partnerships: Improving learning in the schools with arts partners in the community
Published by the Arts Education Partnership and the Council for Chief State School Officers. This booklet 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."
Making a Case for the Arts: How and Why the Arts are Critical to Student Achievement and Better Schools
This 2006 brochure describes the benefits of arts education based on new research published by the Arts Education Partnership. It can be used for many advocacy purposes.
NAEP Arts Report Card
Published by the National Center for Education Statistics. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Report identifies what 8th graders nationwide know (and do not know) in the arts, in relation to the national arts standards.
National Standards for Arts Education
Developed by the National Standards for Arts Education, published by the Music Educators National Conference. This book presents the national standards for arts education in Dance, Music, Theatre, and the Visual Arts.
Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connections
A publication written by the Task Force on Children's Learning and the Arts: Birth to Age Eight and published by the Arts Education Partnership. The goal of this booklet is to "build a common language between the early childhood and arts education sectors in order to share current knowledge about the needs of children, the nature of their development, and the role of the arts in their lives."