Committee on Arts and Humanities
Says our Education Project is meeting the
Findings of the recently released 18-month
study of arts education from the President’s Committee on the Arts and
Humanities (PCAH), confirm that our Award-Winning Education Project is meeting
an essential need for our children,
communities, business and future generation!
Click here for the full report.
How can you support our essential program and help it
Chris Brewer, 360-676-8548, email@example.com for more information.
Summary of the PCAH Report on Arts in
The Committee reports that robust data clearly
shows the effect of arts education on student academic achievement and
Study results show that US schools invested in arts improve
test scores and foster students’ workforce competetiveness. They also reaffirm that arts education
provides critical benefit to the private sector. Business leaders are
increasingly looking for employees who are creative, collaborative and innovative
thinkers— essential skills for the jobs of tomorrow.
PCAH Recommendations for
Recommendation 1: Build robust
collaborations among different approaches to arts education including:
Standards-based arts curricula
Formal and informal arts integration strategies
Short and long-term teaching artist residencies
Arts programs need to focus on quality and flexibility
to meet community needs.
AAEP provides all of these approaches to Whatcom County schools and works with individual
teachers, schools and districts to customize their arts programs.
the field of arts integration.
Arts integration relies on having Professional Teaching Artists or
school Arts Specialists to work with teachers to integrate arts and subject
Results show increased test scores, greater school pride, more engaged
students and teachers and demonstrated creativity with arts integrated schools.
Our Arts Impact Teacher Training Program
and many of our classroom programs meet these goals! See examples in our Education section.
opportunities for Teaching Artists.
The report finds Teaching Artists are an untapped,
important resource for enriching our schools. Artists need rigorous training in
curricula and teaching strategies.
AAEP requires teaching artists to
understand and use state standards. We offer training in lesson-planning,
assessment and classroom management.
federal and state policies to reinforce the place of arts in K-12 education.
School policy makers need simple guidelines and
examples of arts efficacy in schools. Arts programs need to assess and report
on successful strategies.
AAEP reports on Arts Impact and this years’ pilot program in
Evidence-Based Practice in our Arts Advocacy web section (coming July 10) to
see how we assess and report on successful strategies.
Recommendation 5: Widen the
focus of evidence gathering about arts education.
PCAH recommends support for research on arts education, especially showing links between arts and
creativity, engagement attendance, behavioral problems and other factors
critical in student dropout rates. While it is hard to find the resources for these evaluations, they are
vital to demonstrating the ability of the arts to solve a number of problems at
once. Help us meet these goals
with your support! Thanks! Chris