Arts education

Volume: 10 Issue: 7

Legacy ID (armUID): 
1182

In this issue: A focus on arts education and children's arts experiences, including an American report on arts education and arts participation, a study of the arts education activities of Toronto performing arts organizations, a report on the participation of young Canadian children in arts and reading activities outside of school, as well as a brief report on the situation of the arts in Ontario schools.

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Articles

  • Based on the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts

    This report makes a strong statistical connection between childhood arts experiences and adult arts participation. In fact, the report indicates that "arts education has a more powerful effect on arts attendance than any other measurable factor".

  • Based on a survey of senior arts education staff members and artistic directors of 50 Toronto-area performing arts companies, this report provides information about "the range, reach and impact of the arts education programs of dance, music, opera and theatre organizations in the Toronto area".

  • A first look at data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth

    Based on 10,309 parents responding to Statistics Canada's National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, this report provides information about the participation of young children in arts and reading activities outside of school in 2008. The report finds that:

    • 18% of children between three and seven years old "take weekly lessons or instruction in music, art or other non sport activities. On the other hand, 80% 'almost never' take lessons or instruction in music, art or other non sport activities. The remaining 2% take lessons or instruction in music, art or other non sport activities 'about once a month'."
    • 35% of children between three and seven years old "take weekly lessons or instruction in dance, gymnastics or martial arts (or 'other organized physical activities'). In contrast, about two-thirds (64%) 'almost never' take lessons or instruction in dance, gymnastics or martial arts. Only 1% of children of all age groups take lessons or instruction in dance, gymnastics or martial arts 'about once a month'."
    • "A majority of children read on their own on a daily basis: 73% of three year olds do so (including those who 'look at books'); 68% of four and five year olds do so; and 70% of six year olds read daily. The percentage is lower for seven year old children, 52% of whom read for pleasure daily. Note: The slightly different phrasing of the question for seven year olds ('read for pleasure') may have an effect on these results."
  • Based on a survey of 1,027 elementary and secondary schools (21% of all schools in Ontario), this brief report highlights the situation of the arts in Ontario schools. The report argues that "Ontario has an extensive arts curriculum, but no specific funding for arts programs or specialists".