Montana Arts Council

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There is More: Supporting Arts Education in our Schools, the Montana Arts Council’s arts education advocacy PowerPoint

A Report on the Status of Arts Education in Montana: 2009-2010 School Year This report summarizes the status of arts education in Montana using data collected from 313 of Montana’s 847 elementary, middle and secondary schools statewide.

The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies
At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a new National Endowment for the Arts report. To read more and download the report go here

ArtsEdSearch provides user-friendly summaries and overviews of arts education research focused entirely on student and teacher outcomes of arts learning in and out of school.

art is education Resources to advocate for arts education from The Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership

What School Leaders Can Do To Increase Arts Education (2011) This brochure-length guide offers concrete actions school principals can take to increase arts education in their schools, each action supported with low- or no-cost strategies that other school leaders have used effectively. Available in free PDF format at

Music Matters: How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve and Succeed was prepared by the Arts Education Partnership (AEP). Music Matters shows conclusively that music education equips students to learn, facilitates student academic achievement, and develops the creative capacities for lifelong success. Available in free PDF format at

Support Music
The website was created to provide step-by-step instructions and a databank of facts for would-be advocates.

How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain video

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools, Washington, D.C., May 2011.
The culmination of 18 months of research, meetings with stakeholders, and site visits all over the country, this report represents an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education, including an update of the current research base about arts education outcomes, and an analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the field that have emerged over the past decade. It also includes a set of recommendations to federal, state and local policymakers.

Americans for the Arts's Arts Education Field Guide
It takes a village to provide a well-rounded education to every child. Use their new tool, The Arts Education Field Guide, to find the connections and partnerships that will strengthen arts education in your community.

Can the U.S.'s Science Education Initiative Succeed Without the Arts? A Growing Chorus Says No Critics argue that the U.S. government's attempt to catch up with China and India's advances in science education lacks the creative component of the arts.

From STEM to STEAM: Science and Art Go Hand-in-Hand A growing group of advocates believe that STEM is missing a key component – the Arts.

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