Publications of the Arts Education Partnership:

    Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Education (1999)

    Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning
    A report that compiles seven major studies that provide new evidence of enhanced learning and achievement when students are involved in a variety of arts experience.

    Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development (2002)
    Summarizes and discusses 62 research studies that examine the effects of arts learning on students' social and academic skills.

    The Arts and Education: New Opportunities for Research (2002)
    Produced by the Arts Education Partnership and a task force chaired by the American Educational Research Association, this report proposes opportunities for future research on the arts and education based on a survey of the significant body of research in the field.

    Third Space: When Learning Matters (2005)
    Case study of ten schools investigating the role of the arts in learning and the school culture. "In each of them, studying and/or making works of art (paintings, dances, plays, songs, films, and so on) plays a significant role in their curriculum and their culture."

    Project Zero has published a series of meta-analytic articles and resources reviewing the state of the evidence for transfer of arts learning to non-arts cognitive achievement. Click here to view the Project Zero's Executive Summary

    This report presents information on the characteristics of public elementary and secondary school arts education programs, including data on the availability of instruction in the arts, staffing, funding, supplemental programs and activities, and administrative support of arts education.

    The arts are of central importance to the education of young minds. However, educators know surprisingly little about how the arts are taught, what students learn, and the types of decisions teachers make in designing and carrying out instruction.

    Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a curriculum and teaching method for students and teachers, founded on the premise that finding meaning in works of visual art involves a rich range of thinking skills.

    Ten Lessons the Arts Teach - Elliot Eisner (2002)
    Is excerpted from The Arts and the Creation of Mind, Chapter 4, "What the Arts Teach and How It Shows." (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press.

    Three Rs Are Essential, but Don't Forget the A-the Arts - Elliot Eisner (2003)
    This is Eisner's thinking regarding the unique ways in which the arts form thinking that is valuable in all areas of life. He also describes different approaches to teaching the arts that form the mind.

    All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education - Sir Ken Robinson, Principle Author
    Report to: the Secretary of State for Education and Employment and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, UK. "To make recommendations to the Secretaries of State on the creative and cultural development of young people through formal and informal education: to take stock of current provision and to make proposals for principles, policies and practice."

    ASCD article by Nick Rabkin Director, Chicago Center for Arts Policy, Columbia College Chicago, author of Putting the Arts Back in the Picture: Reframing Education in the 21st Century (Columbia College Chicago, 2004), Nick Rabkin chronicles how pairing the arts with academics raises test scores and gets Chicago kids excited about learning.

    Research from Arts infused curriculum in Chicago Public Schools. Investigations include the impact on student achievement (see Catterall), on student cognition (see DeMoss), and on teaching artists (see Waldorf).

    A program developed by Harvard Project Zero in collaboration with the Traverse City, Michigan Area Public Schools (TCAPS). The program is one component of a larger TCAPS grant from the US Department of Education to develop a model approach for integrating art into regular classroom instruction. The purpose of the Artful Thinking Program is to help teachers regularly use works of visual art and music in their curriculum in ways that strengthen student thinking and learning.

    Culminated in the development of a program that teaches high-level thinking in and through the arts. The program was developed collaboratively by the DeCordova Museum, Project Zero, Underground Railway Theater, and schools in Cambridge and Lincoln, Massachusetts. The purpose of the program is to help teachers and students discover the power of the arts to enrich high-level cognition across school subjects.

    An agency of the State of Minnesota, and a unique state-of-the-art organization of national stature representing Minnesota's dedication to excellent education. Curriculum and research resources at this link.

    A compilation of articles, readings and links on arts in education.

    A study three years in the making, is the result of research by cognitive neuroscientists from seven leading universities across the United States. In the Dana Consortium study, released in March 2008, researchers grappled with a fundamental question: Are smart people drawn o the arts or does arts training make people smarter? Click here for the full report.

    This national project offers an integrated method of arts instruction using a multidisciplinary approach titled Comprehensive Arts Education. Fuded by J. Paul Getty Trust and the Annenberg Challenge.

    Embraces a philosophy that a comprehensive education in the visual arts education can increase learning capacity in children.

    Advanced Placement (AP) Resources for Art: