A Case Study of a National Arts Education Partnership
Bernard W. Andrews’ illuminating case study of a national arts education partnership, collaboratively conducted by ArtsSmarts and cooperating orga- nizations in seven of ten Canadian provinces, reminds us of how valuable arts education can be to our communities and how important it is to initiate each project with knowledge and care. It is sadly ironic that, after more than a decade of outstanding contributions from coast to coast, and several months before the completion of this book, financial challenges resulted in the closure of the national office of ArtsSmarts and the cancellation of all regular pro- gramming and new initiatives. In a way, this book can be seen as a memorial tribute to a remarkable chapter in the development of arts and learning in Canada. Fortunately, ArtsSmarts project activity lives on in the hands of partner organizations. At the same time, the arts education community in Canada is sufficiently robust that other programs, several of which are identified in this study, remain to fill the void left by the closure of the national office. So, it is extremely helpful that Dr. Andrews’ study presents a clear and vibrant recounting of how several participants in ArtsSmarts programs viewed their experiences, as this will enable new projects to benefit from the accumulated knowledge generated by the organization and its partners. viii a case study of a national arts education partnership We can learn a great deal from the observations and recommendations of the 19 artists, 19 teachers, and 15 project coordinators who...
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