By systematically collecting data and by drawing on the strength of its leadership organizations, ArtsRising will develop, support and drive District, ArtsZone, and school level policy changes in arts education.  For instance, ArtsRising will collect and evaluate the following data to further ArtsRising’s development:

  • The School District of Philadelphia’s investment in arts education
  • Policy initiatives in support of arts learning
  • Census of programs at ArtsZone Hub School directly attributable to ArtsRising
  • School-level investments in support of the arts
  • Student attendance in school and level of student participation in the arts in school and during out of school time
  • Family Engagement in the arts

Below, you will find information on our existing research base.


PCAH Report: Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools (PDF)
The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. May 2011.
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.

AEP ArtsEdSearch (Database)
The Arts Education Partnership
ArtsEdSearch is the nation’s first online research and policy clearinghouse focused entirely on student and educator outcomes associated with arts learning in and out of schools. Featuring user-friendly summaries of high-quality research, and overviews of current research examined through different lenses, ArtsEdSearch also identifies gaps in research and serves as a valuable roadmap for researchers and funders looking to tackle the most pressing education issues of our time.

The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education
The Dana Center. 2009.
Describes initiatives in six urban U.S. communities and their efforts to address the decline of arts education offerings, specifically in Alameda County, CA; Boston; Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles County; and New York City.

The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education Project Zero. June 2009.
Investigates the longstanding challenges of access and quality in arts education with tools to help arts educators define visions and indicators of quality in their programs, and seek alignment with relevant stakeholders toward a joint pursuit of quality in arts programs.

Achieving Balance in District wide Arts Assessment Systems: A Review of Issues and Promising Approaches (PDF)
SRI International. 2009.
Examines district-level systems of assessing student performance in standards-based, sequential K-12 visual and performing arts curriculum across California, with a focus on defining quality and documenting promising practices for assessment.

An Unfinished Canvas: Local Partnerships in Support of Arts Education in California (PDF)
SRI International. 2009.
Explores partnerships between districts and arts organizations in six California communities to understand how districts can leverage support for arts provisions.

Arts and Cultural Education A Survey of Model Programs (PDF)
Jane Culbert, WolfBrown for the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Cultural Plan, May 2011.
As part of the background research for the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Cultural Plan, WolfBrown has compiled best practice information from programs in arts and cultural education from around the country that are generally considered national models.


Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership
Research and assessment documenting the impact of the arts on student learning.

New York City Department of Education, Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts
New York City Department of Education. 2008.
The Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts Prek-12 provides a standards-based, rigorous approach to teaching the arts.

Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement (PDF)
Sandra S. Ruppert. National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. 2006.
Why is it so important to keep the arts strong in our schools? How does study of the arts contribute to student achievement and success? Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement is designed to answer these and other questions. It describes in nontechnical terms what the research says about how study of the arts contributes to academic achievement and student success. It offers impartial, to-the-point reporting of the multiple benefits associated with students’ learning experiences in the arts.

Staying in School: Arts Education and NYC High School Graduation Rates
Doug Israel. Center for Arts Education. October 2009.
This report takes the first ever look at the relationship between school-based arts education and high school graduation rates in New York City public schools. The findings, based on data collected by the New York City Department of Education (DOE), strongly suggest that the arts play a key role in keeping students in high school and graduating on time.

Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development
Richard J. Deasy. The Arts Education Partnership. 2002.
Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development is a compendium of sixty-two research studies examining the social and academic impacts of learning in and through the arts.


The Nation's Report Card: Arts 2008
Shelley Keiper, Brent Sandene, Hilary Persky, and Ming Kuang. National Center for Educatin Statistics. June 2009.
This report shows the results of the 2008 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) arts assessment, which was administered to a nationally representative sample of 7,900 eighth-grade public and private school students.

The Annual Arts in Schools Report 2007–2008 (PDF)
New York City Department of Education. 2008.
The Annual Arts in Schools Report makes clear what the city must do to provide quality arts education for every public school student in New York. Other cities around the country have implemented similar programs that were the inspiration for ArtsRising.

Mobilizing Support for Integrated Arts Education: National Opinion Research Findings (PDF)
Douglas Gould and Company and The Ford Foundation. June 2005.
Douglas Gould and Company’s advocacy guide is based on comprehensive research into public opinion from a 2004 Ford Foundation project.

State Superintendents Are Powerful Advocates for the Arts in Education
Education Commission of the States. June 2006.
Short interview with state school superintendents from Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Arizona to discuss their statewide advocacy efforts for the arts in education, challenges faced, and policy issues encountered.

Arts and Education Thought Leader Forum Report: Assuring Equitable Arts Learning in Urban K-12 Public Schools
John McCann. Grantmakers in the Arts. Fall 2010.
Notes from June 2010 Grantmakers in the Arts Thought Leader Forum.

A Portrait of Arts and Education in our Public Schools: Philadelphia (PDF)
Public Citizens for Children and Youth. March 2008.
A policy brief on the value of education children in and through the arts, this report summarizes regional and national efforts to expand arts education provisions for public school students.

Transforming Arts Teaching: The Role of Higher Education
The Dana Foundation. 2007.
This report explains how well-trained arts education teachers are equipped to teach the arts in ways that transform students and schools positively.