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Arts education and participation

Volume: 9 Issue: 1

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In this issue: four reports on arts education in Canada and the US, including a survey of the cultural activities of Montreal-area youth as well as American reports on arts learning participation and the nature of excellence in arts education.
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  • (Les jeunes et la culture)

    This survey of 600 students in 10 Quebec colleges was conducted by journalists at La Presse in February 2010. Unfortunately, the report does not provide an estimate of the margin of error. Music is the predominant cultural activity of the youth surveyed.

  • This report from Harvard University's "Project Zero" explores the "complex factors, actors, and settings that must be aligned to achieve quality in arts education". The report argues that, while "access to arts learning experiences remains a critical national challenge", there is also a significant challenge in ensuring that arts education opportunities are of high quality.
  • This brief fact sheet argues that, in addition to building new audiences through marketing campaigns, program offerings, price and convenience, "increasing the quality and access of arts learning opportunities deserves much more attention as a way of lifting arts demand in the long run". With increased competition for leisure time, the fact sheet indicates that "the key to lifting demand for the arts may well lie in reversing the 30-year-long decline in arts learning, both in and out of schools".

  • Research Report #49

    Since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has conducted a benchmark survey of Americans' involvement in arts activities. Respondents were asked whether they had taken an arts lesson or class at any time in their lives, including classes in school or private lessons. While the "lifetime participation rates" of all respondents decreased somewhat between 1982 and 2008, there was a substantial decrease in most arts learning activities among 18 to 24-year-olds.