A Case Study of a National Arts Education Partnership
Chapter 1. Arts Partnerships in Education
· 1 · arts partnerships in education Overview of Arts Partnerships Partnerships among a variety of institutions—for profit, not-for-profit, and/or non-profit—are a relatively recent organizational development. Such partner- ships link businesses, government, and/or social agencies. The primary reason that organizations develop partnerships is to achieve their goals sooner and more efficiently by building on the resources and expertise of each partner (Carlisle, 2011; Mitchell, 2004). In the field of arts education, schools, arts organizations, cultural institutions, government agencies, and universities have engaged in joint ventures to improve the teaching and learning of the arts disciplines in schools and in their communities. These partnerships have been particularly beneficial for elementary teachers, many of whom have lim- ited background in the arts but are expected to teach the arts in their class- rooms (Burton, 2011; Oreck, 2004; Pitman, 1998; Taggart, Whitley, & Sharp, 2004; Upitis, 2005). There are several models of arts partnerships in educa- tion. Traditionally, the most common of these partnerships are: • Artists-in-Schools: guest artists presenting discipline-based workshops in creative writing, dance, drama, music, and the visual arts to students (refer to Hanley, 2003; Kind, de Cosson, Irwin, & Grauer, 2007); 2 a case study of a national arts education partnership • Performance Group Presentations: performances in schools by orchestras, chamber ensembles, dance troupes, and theater companies (refer to Dorn & Jones, 1988); and • Student Excursions: on-site visits by teachers and their students to cul- tural institutions, such as art galleries, concert halls, and museums (Smith & Walker, 2003). Arts partnerships initially focused on the...
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