A Case Study of a National Arts Education Partnership
What I found amusing was that we were working right up to the bell at the end of the day, and one boy said to me: “This is the first time ever that I’ve not wanted to leave school and do something else at the end of the day.” —Tanya Sullivan This book provides the perspectives of artists, teachers, and project coordina- tors1 on the effectiveness of the early years of ArtsSmarts, a national arts edu- cation partnership in Canada comprised of school boards, arts organizations, provincial arts councils, and community foundations. This pan-Canadian partnership was initially founded by the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation of Montreal, Quebec, in 1998, and administered by the Canadian Confer- ence of the Arts in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. Subsequently, the Canadian Education Association administered the program from 2005 to 2008. From 2009 onward, ArtsSmarts functioned as an independent charitable organiza- tion, and commencing in 2011 it was administered from Toronto, Ontario, Canada’s largest-populated city. Unfortunately, due to financial exigencies, the national office closed in 2014 and its assets, such as intellectual property (e.g., research, documentation toolkits, CDs, videos), were transferred to the stewardship of the Arts Network for Children and Youth (ANCY). xvi a case study of a national arts education partnership The primary goal of ArtsSmarts is the formation of sustainable part- nerships between schools and arts organizations that will enable artists and teachers to work together to improve the teaching and learning of the arts in classrooms and in the community....
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