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.


  • Download the full report plus additional supplemental data tables from IES, National Center for Education Statistics (link)
  • U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s prepared remarks on the Report (link)
  • Two page summary of findings, prepared by IES (PDF)


AEP and a coalition of partners–including Americans for the Arts, Educational Theatre Association, League of American Orchestras, National Art Education Association, NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, NAMM, National Dance Education Organization, Quadrant Arts Education Research, State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, and Theatre Communications Group–have developed a toolkit for understanding, communicating, and utilizing the Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools report.

  • Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • FAQ (PDF)
  • PowerPoint overview of FRSS survey, findings, and call to action (PPT)
  • What you can do (PDF)


  • Video of the April 2, 2012 Public Release at Myrtilla Miner Elementary School in Washington, D.C. (link)
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Director of the Office of Research and Analysis, Sunil Iyengar’s review of the official numbers on arts education (link)
  • EdWeek coverage of report findings (PDF)
  • Huffington Post coverage of report findings (link)
  • Associated Press coverage of report findings (link)
  • American University Emerging Arts Leaders Blog (link)
  • Educational Theatre Association Blog (link)
  • Americans for the Arts Blog (link)
  • League of American Orchestras Statement (link)

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