Arts Education for America’s Students: A Shared Endeavor

January 8, 2014

The League, in partnership with 12 national arts and education organizations, has released Arts Education for America’s Students, A Shared Endeavor, a statement outlining the importance of high quality arts education and those responsible for providing it to students. A Shared Endeavor articulates the purpose and value of art education in the balanced curriculum of all students, asserts its place as a core academic subject area, and details how sequential arts learning can be supported by rigorous national standards and assessments. The statement, created over a 12-month period by the endorsing organizations, calls on organizations and individuals to actively support and promote:   

  • Policies and resources for arts education.
  • Access to arts education for all students.
  • Collaboration between school-based arts educators, other subject area teachers, community-based artists, and arts educators.
  • Long-term advocacy partnership between all providers of arts education.  

We encourage you to read this document and its companion diagram that places students at the center of arts education and consider it a tool to help prompt dialogue and engagement with community arts education leaders in a conversation about how students in your community access arts education, beginning with these questions:

  • Do students have access to arts education in your community’s schools?
  • How do community-based arts educators, including your orchestra, connect with learning taking place in your community’s schools?
  • How do teachers connect the learning in their classrooms to learning in the arts? How can you support them in that endeavor?
  • Where do you have strong supports for arts education at your school? What does your state require your schools to do?