Press Kit

Media requests for background information, interviews, photographs or expert sources can be directed to Nick Eppard, Communications Specialist at or 303.299.3677.


Journalist Resources:





ArtScan is an easy-to-use and searchable clearinghouse of the most current information across 14 policy areas related to K-12 arts education. AEP developed ArtScan and a new research and policy brief, A Snapshot of State Polices for Arts Education to bring transparency and clarity about state policies for arts education in America. These resources combined provide a comprehensive picture of arts education at the state level and answer questions like:

  • What are a state’s instructional requirements for the arts?
  • How many states require course credits in the arts for high school graduation?
  • Which states specify that districts assess student learning and growth in the arts?


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Launched in April 2012, is the nation’s first online resource of high quality research focused entirely on student and educator outcomes associated with learning in and through the arts. It features hundreds of easy to read summaries, as well as potential policy implications of the research.


AEP Publications and Commentaries:

AEP is known for its clear and concise publications that make research jargon-free and accessible. AEP’s bulletin, Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education, explores the many ways that arts education helps prepare students for success in school, work, and life. AEP’s bulletin, What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education, provides concrete, inexpensive, and effective ways school leaders can ensure access to high quality arts education at their schools. These and other AEP publications are available for purchase or download (many for free) in the AEP publications store.

AEP National Forums:

With the goal of strengthening our nation’s public education system, the annual AEP National Forum convenes 300 of the country’s foremost leaders in arts, education, and policy sectors to discuss what works in arts education and to advance best practices and policies that help ensure a complete education for every child in America. AEP National Forum attendees include executive-level leaders from cross sectors at the federal, state and local level. They are administrators, advanced practitioners, consultants, directors and researchers engaged in and committed to improving education in and through the arts. The level of conversation is one that aids these leaders in their decision making and program development, and also informs the current and future work of their organizations. Click here for details on this year’s AEP National Forum on arts and education.

ArtsEd Digest:

The ArtsEd Digest is AEP’s free, twice-monthly online newsletter highlighting new arts and education reports, research, and job opportunities from AEP partner organizations and other stakeholders in the field. Click here to subscribe!

Arts Access in U.S. Schools (2009-10 FRSS):

Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10 is a report released by the U.S. Department of Education and its Institute of Education Sciences (IES) that reports on data collected on student access to arts education and the resources available for such instruction. The study is the third of its kind to provide national data on arts education; the first study was conducted during the 1994-5 school year, and provides baseline data on public schools’ approaches to arts education. Click here for more!

What School Leaders Can Do to Increase Arts Education in Their Schools:

School principals play a key role in ensuring every student receives a high-quality arts education as part of a complete education. In a time of shrinking budgets and shifting priorities, AEP’s practical guide, which was commissioned by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, provides three recommendations for keeping the arts strong in their schools:

  • Establish a school-wide commitment to arts learning.
  • Create an arts-rich learning environment.
  • Rethink the use of time and resources.

Click here to view the publication.

Music Matters:

A world without music? One can hardly imagine such a void. Beyond the intrinsic value of music to cultures worldwide, education in music holds a key to student success according to AEP’s research bulletin, Music Matters: How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve and Succeed. Commissioned by the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, Music Matters identifies high-quality, evidence-based studies that document student learning outcomes associated with an education in and through music and provides critical evidence that music education:

  • Prepares the brain for basic and complex learning.
  • Facilitates academic achievement.
  • Develops the creative capacities for lifelong success.

Click here to view the publication.

AEP Partners:

AEP’s partner organizations are education, arts, business, cultural, government and philanthropic organizations with national scope or impact. Partners either have a wide geographic influence or provide scalable and replicable program models—vehicles for sharing and disseminating the overall AEP vision and mission. View the full list here!