Teaching Artists Research Project (TARP) @ NORC.org Releases Report – Teaching Artists Found Critical to the Future of Education

NORC at the University of Chicago has released a landmark report on a three-year study of teaching artists (TAs) – artists who make teaching a part of their professional practice. Teaching Artists and the Future of Education found that their work is critical to the future of arts education and to improving the quality of schools.

TAs have been major providers of arts education in community settings for over a century. They gave Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman their first music lessons. In the last three decades though, they have become important resources in primary and secondary schools as well, where they have mitigated a long-term decline in arts education. In the process, they have made significant contributions to making schools better places for students to learn and grow. Other studies have provided strong evidence that arts education has powerful positive effects on student achievement and outcomes. NORC’s new study offers hope to schools struggling to preserve arts education programs and to policy-makers searching for effective education strategies to improve schools.

In addition to providing the most comprehensive data on who teaching artists are, where they work, and the conditions of their work, it explores the reasons for the decline of arts education in schools, how TAs are changing some of the fundamental assumptions about teaching and learning the arts, and strategies for supporting and expanding their reach.

Provided with a preliminary copy of the NORC studies findings, the May 2011 report from President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities,”Reinvesting in Arts Education,” made “expanding in-school opportunities for teaching artists” one of five recommendations.

The full report and an executive summary can be downloaded at NORC.org.

For more on the Teaching Artists Research Project, visit NORC.org.

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NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research organization headquartered in downtown Chicago with additional offices on the University of Chicago’s campus and in the D.C. Metro area. NORC also supports a nationwide field staff as well as international research operations. With clients throughout the world, NORC collaborates with government agencies, foundations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and businesses to provide data and analysis that support informed decision making in key areas including health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security and the environment.

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