Arts Education
Research Shows Arts Education Boosts Learning, So Where's the Rush to Teach Arts?

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Decades of research suggest that some types of arts education can lead to academic improvements. But even though No Child Left Behind designated arts a core subject, student access to dance, theater and visual arts declined between 2000 and 2010. What are the challenges educators face in teaching a discipline many researchers say spurs student achievement, reduces absences and boosts graduation rates? This webinar will look at state-level arts education policy and student access to arts programs, the arts education research landscape, and offer a spotlight on city programs that are galvanizing arts education.


  • James Catterall, Centers for Research on Creativity, Professor Emeritus, UCLA
  • Sandra Ruppert, Director, Arts Education Partnership


  • Mary Plummer, Southern California Public Radio

Arts Education

This webinar was made possible in part by a grant from The Wallace Foundation, whose Knowledge Center features resources on arts education.