Arts Education

Arts education helps students understand and appreciate the visual and performing arts. As funding for arts curricula has dwindled, RAND research has investigated the role of arts education in enriching children's academic experiences, as well as the role of arts policy in improving access to arts education in the United States and around the world.

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    Nurturing the Arab Spring: What Can Be Done to Remove Existing Barriers to Freedom of Expression in the Arab World?

    In this June 2011 Congressional Briefing, RAND researchers discuss the growing body of creative works produced by Arab authors and artists that counter the intellectual and ideological underpinnings of violent extremism, factors that thwart the distribution of such works, and policy recommendations for overcoming those barriers.

    Jun 13, 2011

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    Barriers to the Broad Dissemination of Creative Works in the Arab World

    Many analysts have examined the media that violent extremists use to communicate their core messages. Far less research, however, has been devoted to the growing body of creative works produced by Arab authors and artists that counter the intellectual and ideological underpinnings of violent extremism.

    Sep 4, 2009

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    Improving Arts Education Is Key to Stemming Audience Decline

    Policymakers have underestimated the critical role of arts learning in supporting a vibrant nonprofit cultural sector. Despite decades of effort to make high-quality works of art available to Americans, demand for the arts has failed to keep pace with supply.

    Sep 8, 2008

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    Vital Communities — Review and Analysis of the Research

    The Vital Communities programme provides creative and artistic activities for children, their families, and wider communities in nine locations across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. RAND Europe was asked to evaluate the available evidence and data from a rigorous and analytical point of view in order to examine the effects attributable to the Vital Communities programme. RAND Europe provided recommendations on how best to take forward the research element of Vital Communities.

    Jul 2, 2008

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    Creative Collaborative Approaches Work to Maintain, Extend Arts Education in Six U.S. Urban Areas

    Amid cutbacks in school arts education funding, public and private organizations in six urban regions have collaborated to expand access to arts learning for children in and outside of public school.

    Jun 18, 2008

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    Improving Arts Education Is Key To Stemming Audience Decline

    Policymakers have underestimated the critical role of arts learning in supporting a vibrant nonprofit cultural sector. Despite decades of effort to make high-quality works of art available to Americans, demand for the arts has failed to keep pace with supply.

    Jun 9, 2008

  • Research Brief

    How to Cultivate Demand for the Arts

    This research brief summarizes a study about what it means to cultivate demand for the arts, why it is important to do so, the role of arts learning in this effort, and arts and education policy changes needed to build future arts audiences.

    May 20, 2008

  • Research Brief

    Extending the Reach of Arts Education

    This research brief describes efforts of six urban centers to expand access to arts education by developing collaborative networks among diverse organizations.

    Mar 12, 2008

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    Public and Private Collaboration Can Provide Arts Education, Aid Child Development

    Amid cutbacks in school arts education funding, public and private organizations in six urban regions have collaborated to expand access to arts learning for children in and outside of public school.

    Mar 8, 2008

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    Greater Collaboration and Centralization of Functions Needed to Support Arts

    The arts sector in Philadelphia and other big cities would benefit greatly from a strong local agency to coordinate cultural activities and help make arts an integral part of each community.

    Feb 26, 2007

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    Arts Education Partnerships: Lessons Learned from One School District’s Experience

    Examines the range of arts programming partnerships in the Los Angeles Unified School District and provides feedback from principals, teachers, arts organizations, and district arts advisors on the challenges and obstacles in these partnerships.

    Dec 17, 2004

  • Research Brief

    Improving Arts Education Partnerships

    This research brief describes work documented in Arts Education Partnerships: Lessons Learned from One School District's Experience (MG-222-EDU).

    Dec 31, 2003

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    A New Framework for Building Participation in the Arts

    This report presents the findings of a RAND study that looks at the process by which individuals become involved in the arts and attempts to identify ways in which arts institutions can most effectively influence this process.

    Jan 1, 2001

  • People

    Catherine H. Augustine

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in education, University of Michigan; B.A. in political philosophy, Michigan State University

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    Julia F. Lowell

    Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of California, Berkeley; B.A. in economics, Wellesley College

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    Kevin F. McCarthy

    Adjunct Staff
    Education Ph.D. in sociology, University of Wisconsin; B.A. in government, Wesleyan University

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    Abby Robyn

    Social Research Analyst
    Education M.A. in English, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Melissa Rowe

    Vice President, Global Research Talent
    Education Ph.D. in clinical psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Nicole Schmidt

    Assistant Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in psychology, University of Minnesota

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    Perspectives: Power of Ideas

    The Wallace Foundation has chosen a philanthropic approach that focuses on identifying nascent problems or issues not yet widely recognized, working to understand problems in new ways that illuminate potential solutions, and supporting and assessing the work of innovators.