A Case Study of a National Arts Education Partnership
Chapter 1. Arts Partnerships in Education
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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 partnerships 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 limited background in the arts but are expected to teach the arts in their classrooms (Burton, 2011; Oreck, 2004; Pitman, 1998; Taggart, Whitley, & Sharp, 2004; Upitis, 2005). There are several models of arts partnerships in education. Traditionally, the most common of these partnerships are:
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