STEAM Resource Guide

AEP defines STEAM education as an approach to teaching and learning in which students demonstrate critical thinking and creative problem-solving at the intersection of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. STEAM instruction shares attributes of arts...

Centering Student Voices to Transform Educational Systems

As policymakers continue to rethink, reshape and reform systems, it has become vital to involve the appropriate voices in these conversations. Inclusion of the people who are directly affected by policy and funding actions in their communities leads to equitable...

The Arts and Literacies

This interactive and adaptive resource captures the insights and reflections of attendees who joined AEP’s Arts and Literacies Thinkers Meeting Series. It incorporates art and text to support different experiences and interactions as visitors explore the...

Theatre Counts

This resource explores how theatre education promotes identity development and growth, builds empathy and relationships, and empowers students to transform their understanding of their place in the world.

Dance Counts

This resource explores how dance education promotes early development of language and literacy, supports long-term academic growth and builds connections to community.

The Nation’s Report Card (NAEP)

2024 NAEP ARTS ASSESSMENT UPDATE “To date, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have adopted early childhood, elementary and secondary content or performance standards for any and all disciplines of arts education, with 32 of these states defining the arts as a...

Music Matters

Building on the first release of Music Matters in 2011, the Arts Education Partnership reviewed multiple research studies identified within ArtsEdSearch — the national clearinghouse of rigorous arts education research — to explore the importance of music on student...

Envisioning Arts Assessment

A guide to help design large-scale arts assessment decisions, this publication also provides informational support and activities to be used as both a practical tool and reference.  

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