Krystal Johnson

As a project manager for the Arts Education Partnership, Krystal conducts research on pressing arts education policy issues, contributes to AEP’s publications and provides support for AEP convenings. Krystal comes to Education Commission of the States with experience in education, legislative tracking and management. Krystal is dedicated to helping kids gain access to learning opportunities that match their learning styles; and she hopes to advance equity through her work researching and convening leaders to address pressing arts education policy issues.
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Impact Stories to Inform Arts Learning Practices
Krystal Johnson
21 September 2021

AEP is excited to launch the Juvenile Justice Series: Broadcasting Arts Experiences this month. Each blog post in the series will focus on arts learning impact stories from youth in the care of juvenile justice facilities or those directly providing services to youth. This series is the next step in our work that explores the […]

Extra! Extra! ArtScan Captures New Policy Area
Krystal Johnson
05 April 2021

Part of our mission at AEP is to research the latest policies and emerging conversations on arts education to provide a one-stop shop for readers. To that end, following last year’s ArtScan release, we got to work gathering feedback from our partners at the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) and AEP’s Advisory Council to learn more about state policy trends not currently captured in ArtScan.   After […]

AEP Policy Briefing Shares Youth-Centered Policy & Strategies
Krystal Johnson
22 February 2021

Last month, Arts Education Partnership hosted an Arts and Juvenile Justice Policy Briefing that gathered policy experts and practitioners from the field to discuss ways to emphasize youth-centered approaches in policymaking for justice-involved youth. A central theme of the conversation was how to help youth “feel good about learning again,” and how this is best […]

New to ArtScan? Here’s What You Need to Know
Krystal Johnson
13 April 2020

Did you know that Nevada has arts education instructional requirements for K-12 public schools, youth centers, state facilities and detention centers? Neither did I, until I joined the team at the Arts Education Partnership and began working on ArtScan. As part of AEP’s new work exploring the arts across the juvenile justice system, I’ve been […]

A Look at the Role of the Arts in Juvenile Justice
Krystal Johnson
18 December 2019

On a given day 43,580 youths are held in residential placement facilities ― including any public or private out-of-home youth placement facility. Of the youths in residential placement, 1 in 3 do not attend school, and 1 in 2 participate in less than six hours of educational instruction a day. In addition, studies show that […]