Are We Reaching the Promise of Title IV-A?

For the past two school years, the NAMM Foundation — in partnership with the National Association for Music Education, and with an expanded partnership this year that includes the Educational Theatre Association and National Dance Education Organization — reached out to educators across the nation to see how Title IV-A ESSA funds are supporting education in the arts. In this session study partners unveil what they learned, what arts educators know about Title IV-A and what more needs to be done to help ensure these federal funds support better access to a well-rounded education. Session participants dive into arts education programs supported by Title IV-A funding and practice requesting such funds for their own schools and communities.

James Palmarini is the director of educational policy at Educational Theatre Association. He was the founding editor of Teaching Theatre journal. James serves on the Arts Education Partnership Advisory Board; the Washington D.C.-based Arts Education Working Group; National Federation of High Schools Speech, Debate, and Theatre Committee; the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) Leadership committee; the Innovation Collaborative Board; and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education Board, and manages EdTA’s Advocacy Leadership Network.

Lynn Tuttle is the director of public policy, research and professional development for the National Association for Music Education. Her duties include supporting music educators and state leaders in the areas of standards, assessment, research, teacher evaluation and the interconnection of federal and state policy. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in music in flute from Peabody Conservatory of Music, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the humanities and world history from the Johns Hopkins University (Phi Beta Kappa) and a master’s in business administration from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Mary Luehrsen is director of public affairs and government relations for NAMM, the National Association for Music Merchants and executive director of the NAMM Foundation. Luehrsen oversees NAMM’s government relations and advocacy efforts that affect support for music education and impact NAMM members as global music product businesses. Her role with the NAMM Foundation focuses on support for music research and philanthropic and public service programs that advance music-making opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

Author profile

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