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ECS Artscan Database - The Artscan database highlights state-level policies (in statute or code) related to the arts in education on several topics, including: access and participation; standards, curriculum and assessment; teaching quality; state-sponsored schools for the arts; and other state policies. Users can generate individual state profiles, create state comparisons of specific arts education policies, and view compiled 50-state reports. Artscan is updated as new information becomes available. (Education Commission of the States, 2005)...

State Policies Regarding Arts in Education MS Word PDF - This StateNote summarizes the findings of an ECS scan of policies related to arts in education for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Complete results of the scan are contained in a searchable database called "Artscan": www.ecs.org/Artscan. (Education Commission of the States, November 2005)...

Arkansas' Arts in Education Policies and Initiatives - Under Governor Mike Huckabee's leadership, Arkansas policymakers, as well as private organizations, have implemented a number of programs to provide students with access to quality instruction in and through the arts. As ECS' 2004-06 chairman, Huckabee selected the arts in education as the focus of his initiative. ECS has prepared, and will update, a summary of Arkansas policies and initiatives that support the arts in schools across the state. (Education Commission of the States, 2004)...

The Arts: A Driving Force in Minnesota's Economy - Building on a national model and a broader statewide effort, this study measured the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in Minnesota. The study found that these industries generate $838.5 million in local economic activity. This spending — $485.8 million by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and an additional $352.7 million in event-related spending by their audiences — supports 22,095 full-time jobs, generates $631.1 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $94.1 million in local and state government revenue. More than 14.5 million people attended nonprofit arts and culture events during 2004 and spent a total of $352.7 million, not including the cost of admission. Eighty-eight percent of the attendees were local and 12% were nonlocal. Non-local attendees spent an average of 108% more than locals ($44.82 vs. $21.57), which included costs for lodging, meals, retail and transportation. The report concluded that these data demonstrate the positive impact of cultural tourists on local economies. (Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, March 2006)...

Arizona's Arts in Education Initiative - Arizona Superintendent Tom Horne announced in his January 2004 State of Education speech, “We must enrich every student with a thorough exposure to the arts.” To that end, the department has launched an initiative to incorporate arts into the curriculum in every school in the state. Check out the Power Point presentation “Arts Education Program Plan 2003-2004” to see what is in the works in the Grand Canyon State. Click here for Superintendent Horne's speech...

Iowa's Creative Economy - Several organizations and individuals are involved in activities related to Iowa's creative economy. The University of Iowa conducted an assessment of the state's creative economy to define its size and scope, measure how it compares with the United States and discern the value of the creative economy to the larger Iowa economy. Governor Tom Vilsak has promoted historic preservation to create livable cities and towns, economic vitality, and to attract and keep people in the state. And Iowa's Department of Cultural Affairs developed the "Imagine Iowa: 2010" initiative to leverage the state's cultural assets for economic development purposes....

State Art Standards - The Americans for the Arts Web site lists state art standards as of 2001. Some states list standards by grade, discipline or skill, while others provide a more general summary of their art standards....

The Arts: A Competitive Advantage for California II - The study by the California Arts Council concludes that the impact of nonprofit arts and culture on the state's economy has increased by 152% to $5.4 billion since an earlier study in 1994. According to the study, the arts and culture generate billions annually, support a workforce of more than 160,000 and produce nearly $300 million in state and local taxes. Other findings include: California's nonprofit arts attract 71.2 million people; the impact of the nonprofit arts sector includes $2.7 billion in worker income; and nonprofit arts contribute to California's ranking as the most visited state in the nation. The authors also discovered that the creative industries fuel the rapid growth of the new "information economy" – the fastest growing segment of the nation's economy. Executive Summary (California Arts Council, 2004) ...

How States Are Using Arts and Culture To Strengthen Their Global Trade Development - Several states are incorporating arts and cultural exchanges in their international trade and business development strategies to expand economic growth. This Issue Brief explores successful approaches some states have used, including: initiating cultural exchanges with foreign countries; developing “sister state” relationships; and creating state-level commissions and signing bilateral agreements that promote cultural and business affairs. Several state examples and suggestions for employing arts and cultural policies are provided. (National Governors Association, May 2003) ...

Maryland Assessment of Fine Arts Education: State-of-the-Art in Large-Scale Fine Arts Assessments - With the movement toward educational accountability in states and the administration of the 1997 NAEP Arts Assessment, nine states (i.e., Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma and Washington) have been mandated to administer assessments in the arts to students. An additional seven states (i.e., Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Vermont) are encouraging activities in fine arts assessment at the local level. This report highlights the essential characteristics of large-scale assessments in the fine arts for both groups of states. The purpose of this review is to provide (1) a current picture of arts assessment at the national level and (2) a more detailed description of the latest progress at the state level in standards-based, large-scale arts assessments in the United States. The focus of this survey of state assessments is multifold: to examine each state's arts assessment instrument and implementation, the impact of arts assessment on school/district accountability systems, and the lessons and experiences that can be learned by Maryland in developing their own assessment. (Prepared for the Maryland Department of Education by Jean Yan and Sandra Rieder, Westat, October 2001) ...


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