What does current research say about the value of learning in the visual arts? What topics are emerging in the arts research world? How does research inform teaching practices and how can what happens in your classroom inform research? Learn about the NAEA Research Commission, view NAEA publications, and learn about publication policies and procedures.
November 15, 2017New Research Highlights Economic Impact of the Arts in Rural Communities
Rural arts organizations draw more non-local audiences to their venues and report greater civic leadership and customer connectedness than their urban peers, according to a new research report.
March 16, 2017external resource from Education Commission of the States, 2017 ArtScan at a Glance: Connecting the States and Arts Education Policy
This resource summarizes state policies for arts education identified in statute or administrative code for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.Education Commission of the States
January 15, 2016external resource from AEP, ArtsEdSearch
ArtsEdSearch is an online clearinghouse that collects and summarizes high quality research studies on the impacts of arts education and analyzes their implications for educational policy and practice.AEP
November 13, 2017external resource from Education Week, How to Assess Arts Education—And Why You Should
There is broad acknowledgment that schools are playing catch-up as we head into the 21st century. Technology and resulting innovation are rapidly changing our culture, making it imperative that schools change as well. We don't know what many of the jobs of the future will look like, but we do know which skills and dispositions will be critical in order for people to navigate this new world. As our learning institutions adapt, the emphasis placed on teaching content will be supplanted by a focus on teaching process.Education Week
November 8, 2017external resource from Artsy, How Long Do People Really Spend Looking at Art in Museums?
Roughly 16 years ago, two researchers wrote about a paradox they observed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lisa F. Smith and Jeffrey K. Smith—now both professors at the University of Otago—had been studying how visitors experience museums for years. They focused on the way museum-goers thought about their jaunts through white-walled institutions and extolled the cognitive pleasure that came with looking at art. The Smiths found that visitors professed to love museums, describing the experience as “incredible,” “breathtaking,” “outstanding,” and “a thrill of a lifetime.”Artsy
November 7, 2017external resource from American Institutes for Research, Arts-Integration Activities That Qualify for Federal Funds, and How They Can Help Your School
A new report analyzes research on the effectiveness of “arts integration” efforts—efforts that use arts to teach other subjects such as English and math—and identifies 44 interventions (10 meeting Tier I-III evidence standards, and 34 meeting Tier IV standards) that demonstrate enough evidence of success to qualify for funding under 2015’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Among them are efforts that include activities such as teacher professional development, school improvement efforts, afterschool programs and supports for English learners.American Institutes for Research
November 3, 2017external resource from Artsy, We Are in the Midst of a Crisis of Higher Education in Art, and Now’s the Perfect Time to Reform It
A series of events in recent years indicates that higher education in art is in the throes of a serious crisis. The Emory University Visual Arts Program was closed in 2012, a year before the Cooper Union—a former bastion of free education in New York—announced it would begin charging tuition. St. Paul’s College of Visual Arts closed in 2013, and in 2015 the entire first-year Master of Fine Arts class at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design walked outArtsy
November 3, 2017external resource from Arts Education Partnership, Arts Education Partnership’s Arts in Education Resources
AEP has more than 20 resources related to arts in education available at no cost on its website. These resources cover a variety of key issues and topics across arts learning, including the impact and benefits of the arts on student achievement and success, arts education partnerships, arts integration and arts assessment — among other focus areas.Arts Education Partnership
November 3, 2017external resource from The Inquirer, Citywide Initiative Examines the State of Arts Education in Philadelphia
A 16-month long initiative, completed by the Philadelphia School District, the Neubauer Family Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, explores the status of, and student access to, arts programs across Philadelphia. It also seeks to redesign arts education and increase equitable access to arts learning for students.The Inquirer
November 3, 2017external resource from Enid News, Oklahoma’s State Policy Pilot Program Explores Role of Arts Education in Student Success
Participants at the Oklahoma Arts Conference discussed research findings concerning the impact of arts education on student achievement and future success. Oklahoma is one of 10 states chosen to participate in Americans for the Arts’ SP3 Program, and these findings will be used to help inform next steps for strengthening arts education in the state.Enid News
November 3, 2017external resource from California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Arts Teaching and Learning in Action Report Released by CA Superintendents' Association
This publication is part of CCSESA’s Creativity at the Core Initiative in recognition of the transformative power of the arts in the lives of our students as they develop critical thinking skills and capacities that ensure success in our complex, multifaceted, globalized world.California County Superintendents Educational Services Association