Student Achievement: The Public
Across the nation, the arts provide a more expansive means of educating
American students and equipping them to participate fully in the
workforce of the 21st century. Current research links arts experiences
to academic achievement and personal development. Arts experiences
strengthen students' understanding of themselves and each other
and provide critical skills and competencies.
KCAAEN Arts Education Advocacy Tool Kit
© 2009 The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Thinking Through Art
In 2003, Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum received a grant
from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to research learning in
and from its multiple-visit School Partnership Program.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Institute for Learning Innovation,
with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education
After one year of participation in the program, teachers reported that
- Students applied learning strategies that they had learned in
the museum back in the classroom
- Teachers were able to adopt teaching strategies that they learned from the museum's education department
- The museum provided a supportive learning environment rich in opportunities for personal and social development
Learning, Arts, and the Brain
Dr. Michael S. Gazzaniga of the University of California at Santa
Barbara led a three-year study to grapple with the question: Are smart people drawn to the arts or does arts training make people smarter?
The Dana Consortium Report
Studio Thinking Project
By Project Zero, an educational research group at the Graduate School
of Education at Harvard University, funded by the J. Paul Getty
Trust, the Ahmanson Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education
The Studio Thinking Project is a five-year investigation into how the arts are taught, what students learn, and the types of decisions teachers make in designing and carrying out instruction.
Impact of Arts Education on Workforce Preparation
Economic and Technology Policy Studies Issue Brief
published by National Governors' Association Center for
Best Practices, (c) 2002
The NGA Center for Best Practices helps governors and their
key policy staff develop and implement innovative solutions
to governance and policy challenges. NGA commissioned this
issue brief to highlight the effectiveness of arts education
in providing young people, particularly young people at the
margins of our society, with the skills they need to be productive
participants in today's economy.
"Diverse arts education programs-in and out of school
curricula-have proven to be valuable options for states seeking
to develop advanced workforce skills for general, at-risk,
and incarcerated students. With the help of the arts, governors
can ensure that skills are developed effectively, completely,
and to the best advantage of the states and their constituencies."
Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social
Arts Education Partnership, Washington, D.C. (c) 2002
This definitive book summarizes AEP's second survey of research
from across the nation on the benefits of arts education.
The 62 studies highlighted in the compendium focus on the
link between the arts and learning. Art forms studied include
visual arts, dance, theater, music, and multidisciplinary
Participation in the arts has a distinct ability to increase
students' academic and social development.
- "Skill and craft gained in the arts help students to understand
that they can improve in other consequential activities and that
their heightened skill can give pleasure to themselves and to
- Research supports the role of the arts in assisting the development
of academic skills, including basic and advanced literacy, both
verbally and with numbers.
- Well-crafted arts experiences produce positive social and academic