Arts Education


South Arts has released the results of multi-year research investigating arts education in the South. The reports, Arts Education in the South Phase I: Public School Data and Principals’ Perspectives and Arts Education in the South Phase II: Profiles of Quality, look at access to and quality of arts education in K-12 public schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee through a set of quantitative and qualitative research.

The reports were commissioned by South Arts with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and nine participating state arts agencies. The first phase of the research was compiled with data collected from 4,400 principals (29.3% of those in the region). The second phase of the research includes nine case studies of model programs conducted by the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Use the links below to download the reports and additional data.

Arts Education in the South Phase I

Arts Education in the South Phase I

Arts Education in the South Phase I:
Public School Data and Principals’ Perspectives

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Download the Executive Summary (PDF)

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Arts Education in the South Phase II

Arts Education in the South Phase II

Access additional data for each of the states below:

Arts Education in the South Phase II:
Profiles of Quality

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Arts Learning Task Force: Final Recommendations to Governor Nathan Deal

Arts Learning Task Force: Final Recommendations to Governor Nathan Deal

Additional Statewide Research:

Georgia:

Building upon new and existing research, Georgia Council for the Arts released two new publications detailing aspects of arts education in the region: the Arts Learning Task Force Recommendations and research on Arts Education in Georgia. Together, these reports illuminate existing access to arts education in Georgia public schools and show the way forward to improve access to quality arts learning opportunities for students throughout our state.

  • Arts Learning Task Force: Final Recommendations to Governor Nathan Deal: Governor Deal asked the Task Force to conduct an examination of existing arts learning initiatives in Georgia and other states and to provide recommendations regarding the implementation of arts learning in K-12 classrooms. The purpose of the Task Force process is to prepare Georgia’s public schools to effectively improve the educational achievement and attainment of students through the creation of robust arts learning environments.

    Included in the report are sixteen recommendations, divided into four themes: Access to Arts Learning, Quality Arts Instruction, Support for Effective Arts Learning, and Resourceful and Innovative Approaches to Arts Learning.

Arts Education in Georgia: Public School Data and Principal Perspectives

Arts Education in Georgia: Public School Data and Principal Perspectives

  • Arts Education in Georgia: Public School Data and Principal Perspectives: To examine access to and quality of arts learning in Georgia’s public schools, Georgia Council for the Arts has produced a study entitled, Arts Education in Georgia: Public School Data and Principal Perspectives. This report relies on data collected at the state and regional levels by South Arts and provides an in-depth analysis of access to arts education in Georgia’s K-12 public schools.

    The main finding of the research is the prevalence of uneven access to arts learning in Georgia. On average, access to arts learning opportunities in Georgia are relatively comparable to regional and national averages; however, access to arts learning in Georgia schools and districts varies significantly based on arts subject area, school level, geographic region, population density, and poverty rate.