The National Endowment for the Arts
the Arts to Life
FOR THE ARTS
The National Endowment
for the Arts is authorized by
Congress to help support
education in the arts for people
of all ages, and, specifically, to
assist elementary, secondary
and post-secondary schools,
teachers, artists, and arts and
New Orleans high school students
design fabric for chairs at the United
Nations through an after-school pro-
gram called YA/YA which teaches visual
arts and marketing.
Thousands of elementary school
students in Milwaukee are learning
about music and its relationship to
math, science, and social studies
through the Milwaukee Symphony
Orchestra's ACE (Arts in Community
ichers participate in the "Change
Course" writing program of the Ohio Arts Council.
Pre-schoolers in Baltimore, Maryland bring to
life the story Where the Wild Things Are through
creative movement and drama, and as a result
begin to achieve "reading readiness." This interac-
tive, performing arts-based program is coordinated
by parents, caregivers, teachers, and artists through
the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts'
Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.
Teenagers in Washington, DC take
music lessons through Levine School of
Music's Public Housing Youth Orchestra.
Seniors in Albuquerque, New
Mexico receive free instruction in
Spanish tinworking, Polish papercutting,
and other artforms through Senior
It is the mission of the National
Endowment for the Arts to
foster the excellence, diversity,
and vitality of the arts in the
United States and to broaden
public access to the arts.
The National Endowment for the Arts
Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade
The Endowment believes that all children should have a
sequential education in the arts that is linked to content
standards, taught by qualified teachers, and regularly engages
artists and involves their work.
National Endowment for the Arts grants help support the work of
schools, including, but not limited to:
• development of curricula and assessments in dance, music,
theater, and visual arts
• integration of the arts into math, science, history, and other
• artist-teacher collaborations as well as training for arts
specialists, teachers, and artists
• development of pre-K arts programs for children and families
linked to Head Start
• in-school opera, music, theater, or dance performances
• in-school residencies of writers, sculptors, filmmakers, and other
• assistance to arts magnet schools
Idren in pre-K through 1 2th
le, the Arts Endowment
plays a unique leadership role
that encompasses policy
assistance, and research
development. In 1 997, the
Arts Endowment invested
$8.2 million— 10% of its
annual grant dollars — in
support of pre-K through 1 2
arts education programs.
Partnerships with States
The Endowment established the goal of helping to make the arts
basic to pre-K through 12 education in its Partnership Agreements
with state arts agencies. A recent survey shows that the $30 million
in combined Arts Endowment Partnership and state arts agency
funding for arts education projects annually:
• supports more than 7,800 projects
• reaches more than 2,400 communities
• involves thousands of teachers and artists
School districts, PTAs, libraries, and arts and community organiza-
tions all draw on Arts Endowment funds through the state arts
agencies to support arts education programs.
Partnership with the U.S. Department of Education
The Endowment, with the Department of Education, has:
• supported the development of the National Standards for Arts
• guaranteed that the arts would be included in the National
Assessment of Educational Progress — "the Nation's Report Card"
• established and sustains the Goals 2000 Arts Education Partnership
— more than 140 national organizations from the education, arts,
and private sectors — to include the arts in state and local education
• launched ArtsEdge, a Web site managed by the John E Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts, to help artists, teachers, and students
discover resources and ideas about arts education
• conducted a comprehensive national survey of arts education in ele-
mentary and secondary schools in 1994, to be repeated in 1999
The Endowment pursues an aggressive research agenda to improve
the quality of teaching and learning in the arts. The Arts
Endowment's "Toward Civilization" (1988) was a landmark report
revealing the nationwide lack of basic arts education in American
schools. The Arts Endowment's "Schools, Communities, and the
Arts: A Research Compendium" (1995) shows the benefits of
making arts education an integral part of the school curriculum.
Beyond the Classroom
The National Endowment for the Arts opens the door to
music, dance, theater, visual arts, design, literature, opera, film,
and audio and video arts to young people through programs
outside of school.
Arts Endowment grants support programs
• after-school visual arts workshops in parks
and community centers
• crime and violence prevention theater
• a student-created exhibition of local history
• creative writing programs at YMCAs
• summer dance camps
• student subscription series to theaters
• "behind the scenes" opera programs
Exploring our own creativity and learning to understand the
art of others is a way of living life fully, whether we are age
eight or 88, whether we are learning to be artists or enjoy
learning about the arts.
Arts Endowment grants support learning in the arts for
all ages including:
• ceramics classes in community centers and homeless shelters
• folk arts classes at senior centers
• a young professional
The National '*&
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has published a wide variety
of books and reports on arts
education. For a complete list of
Arts Endowment publications, call
(202) 682-5400. Also visit our
Web site: http://arts.endow.gov
Lifelong Journey: An Education in the Arts, 1996.
Outlines Arts Endowment principles and characteristics of what
constitutes an excellent education in the arts for people of all ages
in schools and other settings. Available from the Arts Endowment,
(202) 682-5400. 32 pp.
Imagine! Introducing Your Child to the Arts, 1997.
Shows parents practical ways to introduce their children to the arts.
Available from the Arts Endowment, (202) 682-5400. 72 pp.
ART WORKS! Prevention Programs for Youth and
Highlights exemplary programs that employ the arts in substance
abuse prevention. Available from the National Clearinghouse for
Alcohol and Drug Information, P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD
20847, (800) 729-6686. 96 pp.
Eloquent Evidence: Arts at the Core of Learning, 1995.
Lists the latest research proving a link between the arts and academic
success. Available from the Arts Endowment, (202) 682-5400. 13 pp.
Folk Arts in the Classroom: Changing the Relationship Between
Schools and Communities, 1993.
Available from the National Task Force on Folk Arts In Education,
609 Johnston Place, Alexandria, VA 22301-2511, (703) 836-7499. 16 pp.
Part of the Solution: Creative Alternatives for Youth, 1995.
Highlights arts programs for at-risk youth. Available from the National
Assembly of State Arts Agencies, 1029 Vermont Ave., NW, Second
Floor, Washington, DC. 20005, (202) 347-6352. 96 pp.