What’s New to ArtScan in 2023?
30 March 2023

Spring has officially sprung, bringing warmer weather, fresh blooms and a new round of updates to the ArtScan database! AEP […]

What We Know About the Status of Arts Education
29 November 2022

Jamie Kasper and Claus von Zastrow also recorded Talking About Arts Education Data, a corresponding podcast episode for the Arts […]

What the NAEP Results Mean for Arts Education
23 November 2022

Since the release of the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) results, countless articles and analyses have revealed the same […]

New ArtScan: Update or Upgrade?
01 April 2022

AEP is committed to enhancing ArtScan to continuously meet the needs of our network as they utilize the database for […]

Impact Stories to Inform Arts Learning Practices
21 September 2021

AEP is excited to launch the Juvenile Justice Series: Broadcasting Arts Experiences this month. Each blog post in the series […]

The Role of Student Voices on State Boards of Education
22 June 2021

Did you know that of the 54 states and territories tracked by the National Association of State Boards of Education, […]

How to Sustain Cultural Art Forms in Arts Education Equitably
25 May 2021

We were co-teachers of neo-traditional West African dance in an urban elementary school. Avalon, the classroom teacher, trained in the […]

What We Know — and Don’t Know — About the Status of Arts Education

As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic and approach the end of a school year spent entirely […]

Advancing Governors’ 2021 Priorities Through the Arts
22 April 2021

Each year, Education Commission of the States tracks and analyzes trends in education priorities from governors’ State of the State […]

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

Part of our mission at AEP is to research the latest policies and emerging conversations on arts education to provide […]

A Long Game Leads to Arts Education Policy Change
23 March 2021

Over my years as an arts educator in California, I have learned that making significant changes in arts education policy […]

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

Last month, Arts Education Partnership hosted an Arts and Juvenile Justice Policy Briefing that gathered policy experts and practitioners from […]

Arts Integrated Teacher Education Benefits Elementary Students and Teachers Alike
01 February 2021

“My 1st graders pantomimed today to illustrate understanding of vocabulary. Pantomime pairs well with a current science unit about animals and the structures they use to defend themselves. […]

Arts Education Policy Trends to Look for in 2021
18 December 2020

The 2020 AEP Virtual Gathering may feel like it happened years ago, but it’s only been three months! At this […]

Dance Counts: How Policymakers Can Support Access to Quality Arts Education
04 December 2020

Schools across the country have made great strides to offer opportunities for dance education. Educators have pivoted from prioritizing dance […]

Embracing an Enriched Literacy Approach in Quarantimes
03 November 2020

Becky Bailey, founder of Conscious Discipline, says, “No significant learning can occur without significant relationships. Connection is the key.” Students […]

Integrating the Arts to Ensure All Students Can Engage in Learning
08 September 2020

In our uncertain times, it is critical for all students to have access to arts education — provided by a […]

AEP Focuses on Leadership Capacity, Partnerships to Inform Arts Ed Policy
29 April 2020

A major part of the Arts Education Partnership’s work in the past six months has been focused on its new strategic mission and engagement strategy. These […]

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

Did you know that Nevada has arts education instructional requirements for K-12 public schools, youth centers, state facilities and detention […]

Engaging the Arts in 2020’s Top Education Policy Priorities
19 February 2020

Last month, Education Commission of the States President Jeremy Anderson shared six trending education policy topics we will likely see […]

A Look at the Role of the Arts in Juvenile Justice
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 […]

New Data: Who Is Taking Art Classes?
11 November 2019

News that the National Assessment of Educational Progress in the arts would fall victim to budget constraints raised a collective […]

Partnering to Bring the Arts to Students in Rural Communities
06 November 2019

A trip to a museum provides opportunities to experience the world at different points in time — to look back […]

Improving Outcomes for Students Through STEAM Education Partnerships
11 September 2019

Do schools in your community reflect the world in which we live, or are they steeped in tradition — doing […]

10 Years Later … 10 Lessons Learned From an AEP Partner
12 December 2018

Research shows that students in schools with arts-rich learning environments academically outperform their peers in arts-poor schools. Of course, the […]

Making Leaps and Bounds in Dance Teacher Certification

Dance — when taught by a qualified dance educator and integrated into the K-12 curriculum — keeps students engaged in […]

Investing in Children Through the Arts
26 September 2018

When the National Association of Colleges and Employers asked employers what skills they prioritize when recruiting, they unequivocally listed ability […]

Collaboration Is Key to (Celebrating) Arts Education
10 September 2018

As most students and educators around the nation return to school, supporters of the arts in education also gather together […]

Why Technology Cannot Replace In-Person Art Experiences
23 July 2018

In the 1981 French film, Diva, an opera singer refuses to be recorded because she believes that only live performance […]

How School Leaders Can Inspire Daily Creativity
10 July 2018

The buzz of an alarm signifying a new day, the smell of freshly brewed coffee, the turning of a key […]

Supporting Students With Disabilities by Preparing Arts Teachers
18 June 2018

While the most recent federal data on inclusion show most students with disabilities spend the majority of their time in […]

It’s March Madness … in the Arts in Education!
28 February 2018

Throughout March, in addition to brackets and basketballs, the Arts Education Partnership and AEP partner organizations will celebrate the arts […]

How Does Arts Education Fare in the Final Round of State ESSA Plan Submissions?
18 January 2018

In the first round of state plans submitted under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) last spring, 60 percent (eight states) […]

Why Do We Celebrate During National Arts in Education Week?
12 September 2017

We all know that arts education is good, right?  The vast majority of Americans (90 percent) believe that the arts […]

The Importance of Arts Education in Workforce Preparation
07 September 2017

America’s future economic growth depends on the strength of our world-class education system. The Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a center […]

Student Voice: Why the arts are important in education
05 September 2017

I wasn’t always the best at math and science. I tried hard, but they just weren’t my thing. Still aren’t. For a long time, I thought that meant I wasn’t smart. That’s what school seemed to teach: smart people were good at math and science. It wasn’t until I discovered art…

Sowing the Seeds of Social Change: Arts Education as a Source of Hope, Healing and Agency
09 August 2017

Since 1937, the National Guild for Community Arts Education (a partner organization of the Arts Education Partnership) has been committed […]

The Arts and Education Equity
28 June 2017

The California Alliance for Arts Education is in its fifth decade of making the arts a core part of every […]

How Does Arts Education Fare in the First Round of State ESSA Plans?
31 May 2017

The National Association for Music Education’s mission is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music […]

Maximizing the Nation’s Arts Report Card
27 April 2017

Arts in education stakeholders know that learning in and through the arts can enhance the learning experience, deepen engagement with […]

Digital Transformation
04 April 2017

The Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a national network of organizations, is a center within Education Commission of the States dedicated […]

AEP State Policy Symposium Connects the Arts and State Policy
22 March 2017

To build on the Arts Education Partnership’s (AEP) work of aiding states in including the arts as they craft plans […]

The Arts and a Well-Rounded Education
07 February 2017

With the adoption of ESSA in 2015, the term “core academic subjects” was replaced with a “well-rounded education,” which, as […]

ESSA Stakeholder Engagement: Opportunities for the arts abound
18 January 2017

As states around the country continue the process of implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a priority of the Arts […]

Elevating the Meaningful Work of AEP Partner Organizations
07 December 2016

The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) became a center within Education Commission of the States late last year. As part of […]

New Resources Available: Mapping opportunities for the arts in ESSA
12 October 2016

By now the education community is well aware of the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). From the […]

The Arts Education Partnership, ESSA and a Well-Rounded Education
11 May 2016

As the new Director of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), I am eager to build on AEP’s 20-year legacy of […]

Arts Education Policy: A look at the year ahead
02 March 2016

It is a new day for the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) and one that Education Commission of the States  is […]

Title: 2280 Pasos Bajo un Cielo Nublado | Artist: Hernán Jourdan | Medium: Film

When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits