While some of the studies used for this LibGuide focus on all forms of artistic expression in education, this LibGuide focuses only on the VISUAL ARTS.
“The battle for the human spirit will be fought and won in art rooms of the nation’s schools and in the artists’ studios, but only if the creative arts become a major part of every child’s education and if the artist asserts his significant and historical role as the people’s advocate.”
Under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA), districts and schools must demonstrate adequate yearly progress (AYP) for all students. Because schools may spend more time improving students’ academic skills to meet NCLBA’s requirements, some are concerned that arts education might be cut back.
"These findings provide strong evidence that arts educational experiences can produce significant positive impacts on academic and social development. Because schools play a pivotal role in cultivating the next generation of citizens and leaders, it is imperative that we reflect on the fundamental purpose of a well-rounded education. This mission is critical in a time of heightened intolerance and pressing threats to our core democratic values." Article found here