AEP Blogs

Sowing the Seeds of Social Change: Arts education as a source of hope, healing and agency (August 2017)

This is a guest blog post by Jonathan Herman, Executive Director, National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Since 1937, the National Guild for Community Arts Education (a partner organization of the Arts Education Partnership) has been committed to ensuring that all Americans realize their creative potential, with quality arts education available to all. Our member organizations – community schools of the arts, arts and cultural centers, preparatory programs, arts education divisions and more – play a critical role in providing creative learning opportunities to communities across the country. (read more)

The Arts and Education Equity (June 2017)

This is a guest blog post by Laura Smyth, Program Director, Title I Initiative, California Alliance for Arts Education.

The California Alliance for Arts Education is in its fifth decade of making the arts a core part of every child’s education across the state, by providing policy expertise and mobilizing a statewide network of advocates and allied partners. We’ve spent the last six years working on our Title I Initiative, and building and sharing resources to help schools understand how the arts can play a powerful role in achieving success for vulnerable students. (read more)

Student Achievement Through the Arts in Education (June 2017)

This is a guest blog post by Dalouge Smith, President & CEO – San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory and Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D., Superintendent – Chula Vista Elementary School District. 

Education has transformed over the past several years, motivated by the understanding that today’s students must be prepared to succeed in jobs that don’t yet even exist in our 21st century economy. Educators, policymakers, elected officials and philanthropists increasingly recognize that academic achievement is driven by much more than test preparation. (read more)

How Does Arts Education Fare in the First Round of State ESSA Plans? (May 2017)
This is a guest blog post by Lynn Tuttle, Director of Public Policy & Professional Development, National Association for Music Education.

The National Association for Music Education’s mission is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all. We are a partner organization of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), sharing the belief that all students benefit from the arts as part of a well-rounded education. The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has presented new opportunities for the arts and we have anxiously awaited to see how states would implement the new law. (read more)

Digital Transformation (April 2017)
This is a guest blog post by David A. Dik, National Executive Director, Young Audiences Arts for Learning

As an AEP Partner Organization, Young Audiences Arts for Learning carries the commitment to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. Established in 1952, Young Audiences Arts for Learning serves more than 5 million children and youth each year in 8,984 schools and community centers across the country through its diverse network of 30 local affiliates. (read more)

AEP State Policy Symposium Connects the Arts and State Policy (March 2017)
To build on the Arts Education Partnership’s (AEP) work of aiding states in including the arts as they craft plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), AEP, along with its collaborators Americans for the Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, convened approximately 140 arts in education leaders last Saturday for the 2017 AEP State Policy Symposium. (read more)

ESSA Stakeholder Engagement: Opportunities for the arts abound (January 2017)
As states around the country continue the process of implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a priority of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is to ensure that the arts and education communities have the resources necessary to engage in the many opportunities ESSA opens up for expanding arts education for all students. (read more)

Elevating the Meaningful Work of AEP Partner Organizations (December 2016)
As part of its mission, AEP is committed to elevating the meaningful work of its 100+ partner organizations. AEP serves to communicate the power of arts in education, collaborate on new research and policy solutions, convene national experts and thought leaders and connect its partners and the field to useful and timely information to build support for arts as part of a well-rounded education. (read more)

New Resources Available: Mapping opportunities for the arts in ESSA (October 2016)
By now the education community is well aware of the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). From the moment that ESSA was signed into law, folks across the education community – from classroom teachers to policymakers – have been clamoring with questions. (read more)

Promising Practices in Arts Education
(July 2016)
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP)continues to showcase the promising practices of partner organizations and other practitioners across the country. This is a priority not only because partner organizations are doing incredible work but also because there is great strength in learning from the experiences and programs of others. (read more)

The Arts Education Partnership, ESSA and a Well-Rounded Education (April 2016)
AEP serves as the junction point among the arts and education communities as well as the local, state and federal policy communities. As a new center within Education Commission of the States, AEP will expand upon this role and provide our partners and other stakeholders with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to move the needle on our collective goals for the arts in education. (read more)

Arts Education Policy: A look at the year ahead (March 2016)
Beginning in January 2016, Education Commission of the States assumed the role as the cooperator for AEP and is now working directly with the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education as well as all AEP partner organizations and the AEP Advisory Committee. The education policy world has changed dramatically with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the next year of implementation will include dramatic changes as the federal and state roles are challenged on many levels.  (read more)

The Arts Education Partnership: Helping to Realize the Potential of the Arts for Every Child (October 2011)
This brief appeared on the Department of Education’s website as a featured blog. AEP explains how the partnership is helping to harness the potential of every child to be creative individuals. (read more)

The Arts Education Partnership: Helping to Realize the Potential of the Arts for Every Child (October 2011)
This brief appeared on the Department of Education’s website as a featured blog. AEP Sr. Associate for Communications and Partnerships, Laura Johnson explains how AEP is helping to harness the potential of every child to be creative individuals. (read more)

Arts Education Blog Forum on Research (August 2011)
AEP answers the question: How does the report from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Reinvesting in Arts Education, help to inform the public debate on arts education? (read more)

Creativity, Innovation and Arts Learning: Preparing All Students for Success in a Global Economy (February 2010)
Creativity and innovation are on everyone’s minds these days. Read the latest from AEP on some key questions and concrete solutions for how creativity can be resourced and channeled for student and economic success. (read more)

The Arts Education Effect: Why Schools with Arts Programs do Better at Narrowing Achievement Gaps (September 2009)
Originally published online at Education Week, The Arts Education Effect examines America’s dropout crisis and the arts’ role in closing the achievement gap. (read more)